Full Pull Red Mountain

July 29, 2015

Hello friends. Today we celebrate our first Full Pull & Friends negociant offer from the attractive 2013 vintage in Washington, and it’s something of a milestone, as it’s our first varietal Syrah:

2013 Full Pull & Friends Syrah Angelas Vyd (FPF-12)

We no longer republish the full history/availability/explanation of Full Pull & Friends with each of these offers, but we now have a page on our website displaying all that info. As you’ll see on that page, seven of the first eleven FP&F wines are now sold out. Of the four with remaining stock, the 2012 Cab Franc Bacchus Vineyard (15% remaining) and 2012 Merlot Klipsun Vineyard (18% remaining) are the most likely to disappear soon. If you see any wines on that still-available list that pique your interest, please respond to this e-mail with the wine and the number of bottles you’re looking for, and we’ll enter those orders manually.

Now then, some details on this wine. This bottling comes from a partner winery we’ve worked with on five previous FP&F occasions. We’ve offered sixteen of their main-label wines, representing almost every wine they’ve produced in their existence. This is an outstanding winery, with a wonderful, skilled winemaker at the helm.

On the vineyard front, Angela’s is a site on Red Mountain owned by Efeste Winery, and it was planted in 2008 by none other than Dick Boushey, who continues to manage it. With Dick at the farming helm, we know we’re starting with pristine Syrah fruit. And this is 100% Syrah, all clone 383, which according to our winemaker “is a great clone on red mountain, emphasizing the meatier side of the grape.” To keep the focus on that meaty fruit, this is done entirely with native yeasts and aged entirely in neutral French oak for 18 months.

As you’d expect from a warm region (Red Mountain) in a warmish vintage, this is a powerhouse, perhaps the richest/most openly delicious wine we’ve put under the FP&F label. Without question it’s the darkest wine we’ve put under this label, pouring into the glass somewhere on the color spectrum between purple and black. It’s inky juice, from core to rim.

The nose begins with a core of deep, brambly berry fruit – marionberry and blackberry especially – complicated by notes of cracked black pepper and smoky/earthy peat moss. With time and air, a lovely kelpy umami note emerges. This was a note more prevalent in tasting the wine out of barrel, and it makes me think it will reappear in a more prominent role as this continues to evolve in bottle. The mouthfeel is already in a wonderful spot, offering richness (14.7% alc) and a real sense of seamlessness, an easy glide path across the entire palate. The winemaker involved here is known for non-fruit subtleties in his/her wines. Even in a warm year and warm site, these earthy grace notes shine through, here in the form of a wonderful sanguine/iron minerality that lingers on the finish.

Drink it young for its wonderful ripe Red Mountain fruit, or age it for four or five years and watch those earth tones move from supporting players to lead roles. Either way, this wine will be a great pleasure bringer. I’m proud of it (in case you couldn’t tell), as I think it compares quite favorably to some of the Red Mountain Syrahs we’ve offered at $45 and up. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Long Shadows

July 28, 2015

Hello friends. Long Shadows continues to be on fire, ripping through vintages and selling out within months of release. To put this into context, we were offering 2008 Feather in summer 2012. That means they’ve sold out five vintages (08, 09, 10, 11, 12) in the span of 36 months. That’s crazy.

So crazy, in fact, that they’ve basically moved entirely to a pre-sell model for the Seattle market. Here’s an excerpt of the e-mail I just received from Long Shadows’ Seattle representatives:

We often spend a great deal of verbiage describing new releases, but with the Long Shadows portfolio, not much needs to be said. These wines speak better for themselves than anything we could put in print. With the brilliant winemaking skills of John Duval (Sequel) and the Folonari brothers (Saggi), these expressions of Syrah and Sangiovese, respectively, are clearly amongst the finest in Washington state today.
 
While the 2013 vintage was slightly larger for the Long Shadows family of wines, production remains far below demand. Thus, each of these magnificent wines are being allocated based on historical support of the individual wines. Below is your allocation at this time. We ask that you review the allocation for both wines and confirm the allocation no later than Friday, July 31. If you would like to request larger allocations, please indicate that in your response, and we will consider them based on potential availability.
 
2013 Long Shadows Saggi: Your allocation – [REDACTED; picture a scary number] six-packs
2013 Long Shadows Sequel: Your allocation – [envision Edvard Munch’s The Scream] six-packs

These wines will arrive in our central warehouse in early August and will ship immediately upon arrival.

That is a quick deadline for allocation requests, and that explains why we’re turning around this offer as quickly as possible. I won’t be able to provide any tasting notes for these wines, or even technical information for this vintage, but at this point, the pedigree and year-after-year consistency of the project speaks for itself.

2013 Long Shadows Saggi

Saggi is Long Shadows’ Sangiovese-dominant wine, made in conjunction with the Folonari family. It is typically about two-thirds Sangio (from Boushey and Candy Mountain), one-third Cabernet Sauvignon from the old-vine 1972 block at Sagemoor.

2013 Long Shadows Syrah Sequel

Sequel is Syrah made in collaboration with John Duval of Penfolds Grange fame. Typically it contains a solid backbone of Boushey Vineyard fruit, blended with Bacchus, The Benches, and Candy Mountain.

Please limit order requests to 4 bottles of Saggi and 3 bottles of Sequel, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in early August, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Pinot Deal

July 28, 2015

Hello friends. I had to make a quick go/no-go decision recently. The deal was: we commit to a certain quantity of a certain Oregon Pinot, and in exchange, we get extremely competitive pricing on said Pinot. When you see which Oregon Pinot we’re discussing, I think you’ll see why it was an easy “go”:

2013 Crowley Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

We’ve offered both the 2011 and 2012 vintages of this wine at 27.99 (24.99 TPU), and I always felt like it was one of the best Oregon Pinot values we offered, even at that price structure. At 21.99, I suspect we’ll be able to move enough bottles to fulfill our volume commitment. And if not, maybe I’ll just drink the remainder myself!

I’m only half-joking. Crowley is one of a handful of Oregon producers that dot my personal cellar. Tyson Crowley’s wines are pure and beautiful, often well out-punching their price points. Tyson arrived in the Willamette Valley in the mid ’90s and settled into a long-term position at Erath, spending seven years “soaking up Oregon” with that classic producer. Then, after a brief stint in New Zealand (another spot producing distinctive new-world versions of Pinot Noir), he returned to Oregon with stints at Brick House, Archery Summit, and Cameron, three more stars in the Oregon firmament.

It was only in 2007, after more than a dozen years, that Tyson started his namesake winery. The man has paid his dues. In the early years, he stayed mostly under-the-radar outside of Oregon, but that all went out the window in 2010 when Jay Miller got his hands on three of the Pinot Noirs for Wine Advocate:[TEXT WITHHELD]

While this bottling gets the more generic Willamette Valley label, it actually comes entirely from a trio of Dundee Hills Vineyards: La Colina, Tuckwilla, and Gehrts. Aged for 16 months in mostly neutral French oak, it clocks in at 13% listed alc. From the looks of things, it is already sold out at the winery, so we’re lucky to have access to this stash, especially at this price point. It begins with an honest Dundee nose of bright red fruits (pomegranate and red cherry) paired with fresh resinous piney forest floor notes so evocative of this part of Oregon. Notes of blood orange ramp up the complexity even further. And what a live wire in the mouth! The energy, the tension: palpable. And marvelous. It’s a bridge wine, connecting Oregon’s delicious fruit character to Burgundy’s nervy, minerally charm. Classy, delicious, and above all else balanced, this offers way more charisma than we have any right to expect at this price point.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Popolo and Polpo

July 26, 2015

Hello friends. We have the return today of an old list-member favorite, Indie’s wonderful Langhe blend: Vino Rosso del Popolo (translation: Red Wine of the People). It has been more than two years since we’ve offered this one, and that’s not on purpose, but instead the result of a number of logistical/import challenges. I’d write about those challenges, but I’d like to keep you all awake, so instead we’ll focus on the wine.

The main thrust of the offer will be the Popolo, which is actually a little less expensive than the previous two times we’ve offered it. Popolo was a really fun wine to write up originally, and since it has been several years since that initial offer (the 2011 vintage, offered in Feb 2013), I’m going to excerpt broadly. And then please note: we’re also going to include another wine under the Cantine di Indie label, the geeky-delicious Polpo Rosso (Red Octopus) from Sicily, at the bottom of the offer.

2014 Le Cantine di Indie Vino Rosso del Popolo

Everything tastes better on vacation. We all know this.

But why?

I suspect it’s largely due to the oddball effect, an idea I first encountered in a remarkable New Yorker profile of neuroscientist David Eagleman by Burkhard Bilger back in 2011. Bilger writes about the oddball effect as: an optical illusion that Eagleman had shown me in his lab. It consisted of a series of simple images flashing on a computer screen. Most of the time, the same picture was repeated again and again: a plain brown shoe. But every so often a flower would appear instead. To my mind, the change was a matter of timing as well as of content: the flower would stay onscreen much longer than the shoe. But Eagleman insisted that all the pictures appeared for the same length of time. The only difference was the degree of attention that I paid to them. The shoe, by its third or fourth appearance, barely made an impression. The flower, more rare, lingered and blossomed, like those childhood summers.

This effect, according to Eagleman, explains why “Time is this rubbery thing. It stretches out when you really turn your brain resources on, and when you say, ‘Oh, I got this, everything is as expected,’ it shrinks up.” In other words, when your brain is experiencing new impulses, it slows your sense of time down, and you experience them more fully. You pay more attention to the fonduta con tartufi when you’re sitting in a restaurant in the Piedmont because the experience is utterly unfamiliar. The mac-and-cheese you make every Wednesday you barely notice anymore.

The oddball effect definitely explains a lot, but it doesn’t explain it all. Sometimes things taste better on vacation because the locals keep the choicest parcels for themselves. Langhe Rosso is not a category that shows up too frequently outside of, well, the Langhe itself. We get plenty of exports of Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, bottled varietally. But the declassified blends of the three grapes, the ones that are vinified unfussily and well-loved by the locals for their food-friendly rusticity and early-drinking character and easy-on-the-wallet price? Those stay home. Mostly.

Fortunately, the folks at Indie Wineries (a terrific importer of small-production, hand-crafted wines) managed to talk one of their Piedmont producers into bottling a Langhe Rosso just for them. They created a new label (Le Cantine di Indie) and called the wine Vino Rosso del Popolo. In the early days, the wine was bottled by Bocchino; these days it’s Valdispinso.

The blend here is 45% Nebbiolo, 35% Barbera, and 20% Dolcetto. The nose screams Nebbiolo, which is clearly dominating the aromatics of the other two varietals. It offers cherry and orange peel fruit, tea leaves and tar streaks, and just a hint of the haunting rose petals that characterize the best Nebbiolos from this part of the world. On the palate, the Barbera and Dolcetto add lovely fleshiness and accessibility to oft-inaccessible Nebbiolo, and the overall package possesses loads of stuffing, especially at this sub-$15 tag. Bright, fresh, and juicy on attack and mid-palate, this rolls into a finish with plenty of Nebbiolo’s tea-leaf chew and attractive rusticity.

It’s characterful, food-friendly wine (with a great label), and every time I get near it I want to cook something Piemontese: Tajarin al Sugo d’Arrosto (pasta with sauce made from the drippings of a roast) or Brasato al Barolo (beef braised in Barolo) or Tagliatele di Castagne con Ragù d’Anatra (chestnut tagliatelle with duck ragu). I’m really happy to see this wine return to our portfolio. It’s a remarkable value, and a good way to make time slow down via the power of a new experience.

2013 Le Cantine di Indie Vino Polpo Rosso

I’m not 100% positive why the folks at Indie chose to call this Polpo Rosso. I figure it’s either a) that they think the wine would be a perfect pairing with grilled Octopus; or b) that they want to torture honest wine retailers who have to tongue-twistingly explain the difference between Popolo and Polpo. Or maybe both.

Regardless, it’s another beautiful bottle to look at, with beautiful juice inside. In this case 100% Nerello Mascalese. It’s a variety that does famously well in Sicily, where expensive, age-worthy wines are produced on the slopes of Mt. Etna. This one comes from the opposite end of the island, near Palermo, and it offers a completely different, more accessible version of the grape.

It clocks in at 12% listed alc, and poured into the glass looks like the lovechild of a rosé and a Pinot Noir. It’s a pale, pale red. The nose is gloriously expressive: red fruit and spice, minerals and flowers. In the mouth, this is light, chuggable, with a core of spicy red fruit complemented by terrific mineral and sanguine notes. I’d treat this like a rosé and put a little chill on it. It would be wonderful with salmon this summer (as an alternative to Pinot Noir) or coq au vin this autumn. And of course it would be wonderful with grilled octopus if you can find some.

First come first served up to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in the next few weeks, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Coral

July 22, 2015

Hello friends. Christopher Chan is the latest of the Seattle sommelier set to jump into the winemaking game, and today we have his first set of releases under his Coral Wines label. You may remember that I appeared on Christopher’s Happy Hour Radio program a few months ago, where I tasted (and liked) these wines. In addition to his radio program, Christopher is also the Executive Director of the Seattle Wine Awards and was the long-time sommelier at the Rainier Club. This breadth of experience has given him terrific grape- and juice-sourcing connections, which you’ll see as we dive into these wines.

2013 Coral Wines Red Coral

Red Coral is a fine example, as this is declassified juice from Jon Meuret at Maison Bleue. My understanding is that the agreement with Jon was only for one vintage, so this is likely a one-and-done deal, but my what a fine deal it is: a GSM blend (56% Grenache/30% Syrah/14% Mourvedre) from outstanding vineyards (Boushey, Olsen and Minick in the Yakima Valley; Pepper Bridge and Riviere Galets in the Walla Walla Valley) for a low-$20s tag.

The wine was raised entirely in neutral French oak for a year, and it clocks in at 14.5% listed alc. The nose offers a terrific wild brambly character, with more than a hint of the sauvage. There is deep berry fruit, plenty of hot-rock mineral character, and lovely sagebrush subtleties. Texturally, this is a charming mid-weight, offering a combination of bright/juicy fruit and plenty of fleshy depth. It’s soft and easy, gluggable for sure, but with enough flavor complexity and sneaky mineral character to give you pause. List members who remember, love, and miss the old Jaja bottlings from Maison Bleue might be intrigued by this one.

2013 Coral Wines White Coral

This white is again declass juice from Jon Meuret, and again it’s a one-vintage-and-done deal. The blend here is 37% Marsanne, 27% Viognier, 24% Grenache Blanc, and 12% Roussanne. The trio of vineyard sources is outstanding: Boushey, Olsen, and Arthur’s. This went through full malolactic fermentation and saw regular battonage (lees-stirring) to plump up the texture. It was raised entirely in neutral French oak and clocks in at 14.2% listed alc.

The nose is complex and alluring: peach pit, pear, almond, honey, chalk. In the mouth, the results of battonage are readily apparent in the plump leesy mid-palate. Just lovely, and a fine balance point for the citrusy acid spine and the rich ripe stone fruit. These White Rhone blends in Washington can be really successful, but they often come in with prices closer to $30. This is a fine opportunity to try this style at a considerably lower tag.

2014 Coral Wines Pink Coral

This rosé is different from the first two. It isn’t declassified juice, but was instead picked and made specifically for Christopher. It’s Mourvedre-dominant, at 85% of the blend, with a 15% dash of Cinsault. Listed alc is 13.9%. The Mourvedre comes entirely from Blackrock Vineyard, which astute list members might recognize as the vineyard source for Tranche’s Pink Pape rosé.

It’s a lovely vineyard for rosé, and Mourvedre is a really wonderful variety for rosé, giving a terrific exotic spice character to its pinks. In this case, it’s a star anise note to pair with strawberry and green grape fruit and lovely green tones of tarragon and cucumber. Bright and lively, spicy and minerally, this is a wonderful mid-summer rosé.

First come first served up to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in the next few weeks, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Latta

July 20, 2015

Hello friends. I first met Andrew Latta about five years ago now, out in Walla Walla. He was the assistant winemaker at K Vintners at the time, and we had one of the best visits I can remember in the valley, tasting through barrel after barrel of high-octane, delicious juice, and spending hours geeking out, mostly about vineyard sites and which varieties made sense in which places in Washington.

It was clear to me then that Andrew was a thoughtful, talented, creative winemaker. And so pretty much every time I saw him in subsequent years, I asked him: when are you going to start your own label?

Well, the timing of the Latta label turned out to be… complicated. Complicated because, as of a few months ago, Andrew is no longer employed by K Vintners. The details of the breakup are shrouded by a sturdy Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak woven by a small fleet of attorneys. I suspect the real story will never come completely to light. Any of us who have been through breakups of any kind can likely attest to the fact that there is blame enough to go around on all parties.

Regardless, the past is past, and when I saw Andrew in Walla Walla in April, he was in an ebullient, slightly dazed state of mind. He had just secured the purchase of his own Latta Wines, and he was much more interested in talking about the future than the past. So that’s what we did, over tacos at Dora’s Worm Ranch (pro tip: this bait and tackle shop is the best place to grab a quick between-wineries lunch in the valley).

As it always has when I’ve talked to Andrew over the years, the talk quickly turned to wine. And to dirt.

2011 Latta Wines Grenache Upland Vineyard

I’ll let Andrew introduce each of the vineyards today, because I think he’s an even bigger vineyard geek than I am: Upland Vineyard is a rolling extremely sloped site located in the Snipes Mountain AVA.  Snipes Mountain was named for Ben Snipes, an early Yakima County pioneer who built a house at the base of a mountain in the 1850s. The area was first planted in 1917 by Washington State wine pioneer William B. Bridgman. The vineyard on Snipes Mountain was one of the first to plant Vitis vinifera in Washington. Snipes Mountain is a seven mile long anticline ridge created by fault activity. The “peak” is 1,290 feet high, rising from the floor of the Yakima Valley with unique, rocky soils, known as aridisols.  Soil deposits below the area are composed of gravels and sediments left by ancient river beds, deposits range in size from a fist to a football. The rocky composition of this warm site provides the backbone of our Grenache block from Upland.

Andrew was ruthless with yields in 2011, dropping enough fruit that the final yield was a mere 2.2 tons/acre. He used 50% whole clusters (stems and all), and this spent about two years in barrel (neutral 500L puncheons) before bottling. Grenache is light on skin pigments, and in a cool year like 2011, the result is a wine with a delicate pale ruby color. Don’t be fooled. That color belies this wine’s heft (14.7% listed alc) and power. But let’s begin with the aromatics: beautiful, fresh, and lively, with raspberry fruit, and bramble, blossom and pastille all taking a turn. In the mouth, this is a joyful bottle of Grenache, hitting the trinity of berry/rocks/garrigue on a frame that easily melds richness to freshness. This is a lovely, lovely expression of Grenache, with inner mouth perfume and generosity to spare, and a sneaky sense of wildness.

Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 93pts.” [Sullivan context note: In all of Sean’s reviews for Wine Enthusiast, exactly one Grenache has a stronger review, a 94-pointer for Maison Bleue’s 2011 La Montagnette.]

2011 Latta Wines Malbec Northridge Vineyard

When this Jeb Dunnuck review came out a year ago, it turned a lot of heads: Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD] 95pts.”

Here is Andrew’s introduction to Northridge Vineyard, which has to be among the most compelling sites on the Wahluke Slope: Northridge Vineyard was planted in 2003 in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Washington State.  This exceptional site is a warm plateau composed of ancient soil and gravel is located in the foothills of the Saddle Mountain range at the upper reaches of the AVA boundary.  The vineyard resides on a gentle south facing slope with a north/south vine row orientation.  The topsoil here is less than a foot deep giving way to a gravelly mix of basalt and caliche. The elevation, ~1200 ft., and slope of the site allows this warm high desert plateau to cool off dramatically in the evening, producing swings of 40- 50 degrees in the summer, allowing the Malbec to ripen perfectly without losing its balanced acidity.

Northridge sits above the Missoula flood plains, so under that foot of topsoil are ancient soils of fractured basalt and calcium carbonate, rare indeed for Washington. Yields from this site came in at 2.1 tons/acre, and the fruit spent about two years in 40% new French oak. It clocks in at 14.2% listed alc, and you would not believe the color on this. It is an inky black-purple, so opaque that even the bubbles on pouring pop up purple. Malbec is ridiculous when it comes to color extraction. The wine marries fresh fruity notes of blueberry and boysenberry to wonderful cooling mineral tones. It’s a total palate-stainer, coating the mouth with Malbec goodness and lingering long after the last swallow.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles of each wine, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive around August 1, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


Full Pull Coda

July 19, 2015

Hello friends. I’ve completely lost control of Coda. I mean this in the nicest possible way, but at this point, our decision around when to offer Coda is essentially made by mob rule. I mean, you folks are friendly as far as mobs go. More e-mails than pitchforks. More gentle conversations than torches. But still. The point remains.

In the early years, I thought Coda was perfect as a January offer: a great value to kickstart the year. Then last year, the error of my ways was made clear to me, and our list’s preference to have this as a holiday-gift option pushed our offer date up to October 29 (also early enough for many of our dear shipping list members to receive a few bottles).

Well, beginning this year, Cadence has moved Coda up from an autumn release to a late spring release, and many of you must have noticed the change, because the e-mails began soon thereafter and haven’t really relented since. Okay, then, squeaky wheels: your grease awaits:

2013 Cadence Coda

Why did Ben Smith move up the release date? Well, for one thing, they ran out of juice. Coda has really taken on a life of its own. You may recall that Stephen Tanzer released a 91pt review late last year, and that was essentially the death knell for inventory (and note: Sean Sullivan – another fellow not prone to tossing out many points – came out with his own 92pt review in the March Wine Enthusiast, but by then, the wine was essentially gone). We reoffered that 2012 one more time in January, and that was it. So yeah, for one thing, Cadence ran out of 2012 Coda after like three months.

And for another, 2013 is going to begin a string of at least two warm, early-drinking vintages (and probably three, considering how hot 2015 has been so far). These aren’t cool-vintage brooders like the 2010 or 2011; the ’13 and ’14 and (likely) ’15 are going to bring huge pleasure right out of the gate. So why wait?

Now then, why is Coda such an incredible value year in and year out? Well, Ben Smith makes exactly four single-vineyard wines for Cadence, all from Red Mountain. Two come from the estate Cara Mia Vineyard, one from Ciel du Cheval, and one from Tapteil. And that’s it. Ben carefully crafts the blends for those high-end ($45-$60) wines, and then whatever barrels aren’t included during those blending trials end up in Coda.

What that means for Coda is that it’s always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot, always a blend of Cara Mia, Ciel du Cheval, and Tapteil, and always barrels that were raised with the exact same care as the higher-end bottles. And we get all of that for a tariff that is about half the single-vineyard wines.

Fortunately, no reviews have been published yet for this 2013 (Dunnuck reviews for Wine Advocate should be out any day now, perhaps even before this offer is published), so we have access to plenty of juice. This blend is quite similar to the 2012 – 38% Cabernet Franc, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Petit Verdot – and if it’s a little riper (14.4% listed alc), it still qualifies as much like baby Bel Canto as anything else, especially with that preponderance of Cab Franc.

Franc rules the day on the nose, so look for blackberry fruit, mole poblano, floral notes, and an exotic dash of star anise. A rich, plush, intense mouthful of wine, this is without question generous for the Cadence house style. It still has Ben’s textural elegance, and his signature earthy notes, but they’re more supporting actors here than lead players. If it’s a vintage-driven slight departure from the typical house style, it’s certainly a successful one. This is a talented winemaker taking what the vintage gave him and making something beautiful. As this rolled into its earthy, chewy, earl-grey-driven finish, I thought to myself that there was plenty of Red Mountain terroir still on display here, and Cara Mia Vineyard (Ben’s estate site) specifically. Coda remains glorious juice for the tag, one of the best dollar for dollar wines in Washington each year.

First come first served up to 36 bottles, and the wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.


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