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Charles Smith K Vintners Viognier, Columbia Valley 2016 (750 ml) Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2014 (750 ml) Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml)
WA 91

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec, the 2014 Columbia Valley Red Wine offers an impressive bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spices, licorice and integrated toasty oak. Ripe, rounded and beautifully textured, it has loads to love and should drink nicely for 7-8 years, probably longer.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WS 88

Dark and peppery, with a tangy edge to the firmly textured blackberry, fresh sage and tar flavors that play against refined tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best after 2014.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Nov, 2012)
Andrew Will Winery Flaneurs, Columbia Valley 2013 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Tapteil Vineyard Red 2014 (750 ml) Spring Valley Vineyard Kathryn Corkrum Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley 2011 (750 ml)
WA 91

50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. The most structured and tannic of the lineup, the 2013 Flaneurs comes mostly from Two Blondes and Ciel du Cheval Vineyards, and spent 21 months in 35% new French oak. Loaded with dark fruits, bouquet garni, licorice and sweet oak, this rich, medium to full-bodied effort has rock-solid purity, plenty of texture and building, chewy tannin on the finish. It needs short-term cellaring and will drink well for a decade. While I think this lacks a touch of the elegance found in the other 2013s, it's a terrific wine.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2016)
WA 94, WE 92, WS 91

The 2014 Tapteil Vineyard is showing well, wafting from the glass with classy and complex aromas of cassis, loamy soil, pencil shavings and cigar box. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant, with a lovely core of earth-inflected fruit and fine-grained structuring tannins. It's a beautifully balanced blend with a decidedly Bordelais aesthetic.

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WS 90

Ripe and sleek, with underlying tobacco and chocolate notes adding to the deftly balanced beam of black cherry. Comes together smoothly on the refined finish. Drink now through 2018.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2014)
Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red 2013 (750 ml) Long Shadows Pirouette 2014 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (750 ml)
WS 90

Solidly built, with juicy blackberry and plum flavors at a core, framed by firm tannins and lively acidity that lift the persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2018 through 2023.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (Oct, 2016)
WA 94+

Made by Philippe Mekla, the 2014 Pirouette checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. This inky colored beauty gives up tons of graphite, toasted spice, dried herbs and chocolatey dark fruit, full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s another killer wine from this estate, and possibly the best to date.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
WA 95+

Made from 50% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2014 Bel Canto sports a deep ruby color as well as sensational notes of graphite, leafy herbs, flowers, currants and dried soil. Elegant, seamless, silky and pure, with building, polished tannin, it's another wine that's the best to date from this terrific estate.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2017)
Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2012 (750 ml) Col Solare Shining HIll Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml) Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (1.5 Liter)
WA 96, WS 93

Continuing to drink brilliantly, the 2012 Sorella is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. Its deep ruby color is followed by a full-bodied, rich and layered 2012 that boasts fabulous notes of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, graphite, mineral and toasted bread. Like all of Chris's 2012s, it's still a baby, yet its impeccable balance and purity allow it to dish out tons of pleasure, even today. Nevertheless, it needs 3-5 years of cellaring and will have 25-30 years of overall longevity.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Sept, 2016)
WA 94+

The 2014 Proprietary Red is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and the balance Syrah. Notes of smoked tobacco, black currants, licorice and a gravelly minerality all flow to a rich, multi-dimensional and concentrated yet elegant Cabernet. It needs short term cellaring, but it's a beautiful wine that is going to have 15-20 years of overall longevity.

There are a number of new releases from this leading Red Mountain estate, all of which display terrific quality. I suspect quantities are limited on these new special releases, but their classic, higher-production Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is terrific as always. If you want to get a feel for top-notch Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a good place to start.

- Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (June, 2015)
WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)
Northstar Winery Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (3 Liter)
WS 91

Elegant, almost aristocratic, offering subtle layers of blackberry, cherry, tar and licorice aromas and flavors, finishing harmoniously. Tannins are firm but not intrusive. This one should develop beautifully in the cellar. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

- Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator (June, 2006)