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Charles Smith K Vintners Viognier, Columbia Valley 2016 (750 ml) Mullan Road Cellars Red, Columbia Valley 2015 (750 ml) Milbrandt Vineyards Sentinel Northridge Vineyard 2009 (750 ml)
WA 94

The 2015 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, sweet spices and burning embers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with lovely concentration, an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a pure, penetrating finish. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc

- William Kelley, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
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)
Cadence Winery Tapteil Vineyard Red 2014 (750 ml) Spring Valley Vineyard Kathryn Corkrum Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley 2011 (750 ml) Col Solare Shining HIll Proprietary Red 2014 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Red 2013 (750 ml) Cadence Winery Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard 2014 (750 ml) Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (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 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)
WE 91

This wine is a blend of fruit from estate sites McQueen, Bob Healey and Lefore along with Pepper Bridge. The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of high cacao chocolate, spice, bay leaf, dried flower, cassis, raspberry, herb and cherry, showing pleasing complexities. The black-currant, cherry and spice flavors coat the palate, bringing a sense of richness but still restraint and vibrancy.

- Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast (July, 2018)
Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley 2003 (1.5 Liter) 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)
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)