Hello friends. Along with Paul Champoux, four Washington wineries have ownership stakes in Champoux Vineyard, undeniably one of Washington’s cru Cabernet sites (see location here on our vineyard map), and these four wineries have access to the filet of the vineyard. Quilceda Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon ($135) and Woodward Canyon’s Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon ($80) both contain a backbone of Champoux Cab. Andrew Will’s Sorella ($74) comes entirely from Block One Champoux fruit. And now, from the fourth partner, comes today’s wines:
2008 Powers Champoux Vineyard Reserve (Cabernet Blend)
My only disappointment with this wine is the quantity available. It’s limited enough that I don’t want to go on at great length. I will say that Powers has been working with Champoux fruit since 1992, and that this is the debut vintage of this specific reserve wine, which is a tribute to the vineyard. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, and 23% Merlot, all Champoux fruit, and all in new French oak.
We had a sample bottle open in the warehouse on a recent Thursday, and it was fascinating to watch the wine evolve over the course of the day. It took about 4 hours open for the Champoux character to emerge: a graphite, charcoal, low-toned darkness. Champoux Cabernet is a dark-hearted beast indeed, and that shines through here, in all forms of carbony blackness. The palate is awash in blackcurrant, good clean earth, and high-cacao chocolate. I love this for its notable balance (14% alc), its fine, dusty tannins, its minty vibrancy.
Due to the parcel size here, please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests.
2008 Powers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Sheridan Vineyard
From a grand cru site in the Horse Heaven Hills to a rising star of the Yakima Valley. This is a terrific tariff for fruit of this quality.
What I find compelling about Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet is its densely packed layers of fruit. Here you get berry, cherry, cassis, and then we venture into stone fruit territory (peaches, apricots) and even some tropical notes (mango). It’s a compact pastiche of fruit. This also has some of the notorious Sheridan tannins on the back end. After that wash of fruit on the attack and mid-palate, the finish is a wall of chewy tea-leaf and espresso-bean tannin.
While I couldn’t find reviews of the Champoux blend, this one was reviewed (in barrel) by Jay Miller before leaving Wine Advocate:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. (91-94pts; Barrel Sample).”
Quantities are better on this, so we can open it up to first come first served, up to 12 bottles. Both wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.