Hello friends. Because of our list’s enthusiastic response to last week’s 2007 Ciel du Cheval offering, and our generally enthusiastic response to everything Chris Camarda produces, we have been offered another parcel of 2007, previously destined mostly for restaurants, at a fine tariff:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($58); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
A quick word on vintage: 2007 is generally regarded as the best Washington vintage of the past five, and perhaps of the past decade. Now that we’re well into 2012, our opportunities to access 07s are growing fewer and further between.
I’m sure many of you will want to know how this bottling compares to the Ciel, and the truth is: they are entirely different animals. Different terroirs, different blends, different profiles. Let’s begin with location. I’ll zoom our vineyard map out to show most of the Yakima Valley, so that you can see where Two Blondes is compared to Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain. The vineyard was planted in 2000, so it is quite a bit younger than Ciel, and the wines from Two Blondes have concomitant youthful exuberance.
With the Ciel, I said that it is likely still several years from peak drinking. Two Blondes, on the other hand, seems about ready to enter that period. It is displaying endless layers of flavor right now, with primary fruit (ripe raspberry, cassis), savory/earthy elements, barrel notes, floral notes; the hits just keep coming. It is perhaps at its best on the mouthfeel, which picks up steam across the middle and into the long finish, a glycerol palate-stainer throughout.
Finding this quality fruit from this quality vintage at this tariff is a rare treat indeed, and this will be our final access to this wine. First come first served up to 12 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.