2008 Adams Bench “Reckoning”

Hello friends. Today we have a real insider gem: from a winery you may have never heard of, but one whose stylistic and vineyard influences include Andrew Will and Quilceda Creek, with wines that are rarely sold outside the winery (let alone outside of Washington), and that come with a strong critical pedigree from across a broad swath of reviewers:

I wrote in depth about Tim and Erica Blue’s Adams Bench project back in April 2010, when we offered the 2006 vintage of this same wine. The short version is that the pair began with a strong focus on grower partnerships, and those partnerships have paid dividends. They source outstanding fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills (Discovery Vineyard), Red Mountain (Artz Vineyard), and the greater Yakima (Red Willow, Two Blondes) and Columbia (Stillwater) Valleys.

Reckoning is the Merlot-dominant wine of the Adams Bench lineup: about half Merlot, rounded out with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon (mostly Stillwater) and 11% Cabernet Franc (Two Blondes Vineyard, which is Andrew Will’s estate site). The Merlot is something special indeed, coming almost entirely from the 1989-planted block at Red Willow Vineyard. Those old vines present yet another example of a fine, muscular Washington Merlot. A gorgeous nose portends the wine ahead: plum, kirsch, golden raisin, and then this even ventures into stone fruit territory, with a lovely peach note that adds lift to the aromatics. There are layers of fruit and barrel on the palate, a lovely mix of blackcurrant, apricot, and cocoa powder. The tannins are wonderfully chewy, and the overall package presents itself as big and balanced, no easy feat.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($39); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($39); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19.5/20 pts.”

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. I’m hoping to secure the wine on Friday so that it will be available for pickup on Saturday or thereafter, and it will ship during the spring shipping window.

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