Two 2007s from Corliss Estates

Hello friends. When I consider someday closing the Full Pull mailing list and moving to a waiting list model, it’s wines like this that argue in favor of closing. There’s only so much the list can grow before offering highly-allocated wine becomes an impossibility.

But that’s an issue for another day. Fortunately, because of our list’s strong support for the Corliss venture in previous vintages, we have access to parcels (barely) large enough to warrant a proper offering.

We’ve written about Corliss on numerous occasions, and to read lengthier treatises on this winery, please see our archive. The short version is that Corliss only releases three wines outside the winery: a Syrah each spring, and a Cabernet and BDX Blend in the autumn.

They’re noteworthy because they hold their wines about as long as anyone in the state before release. So while most Cabernets on the market right now are 2009 (and even some 2010s), they are just getting ready to release their 2007s, a vintage oft-hailed as the best of that decade. With three years in barrel and two in bottle, the wines are usually much further along the path towards integration and complexity than their peer releases.

As it seems to go every vintage, the Cab is the slight favorite for the professional reviewers (recall also, when reading the Tanzer reviews, that he is notoriously reticent with points). And as it seems to go every vintage, I give slight preference to the blend, mostly because it’s the earlier-drinking of the two, a glorious truffle of a wine: supple and densely-layered. Everything about the Cabernet is darker and more brooding. That one will require a bit more patience, but in the long run may end up being the superior of the two. Fortunately, there’s no need to choose; we can try both:

2007 Corliss Estates Red Wine (BDX Blend)

A blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc. This is the more Red Mountain-dominant of the two, with much of the fruit coming from Corliss’ estate Red Mountain Vineyard, and it shows in the loamy soil notes, the dusty cocoa powder, and the ripe, luscious tannins.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

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

2007 Corliss Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

The core of this black beauty comes from several of the old-vine Sagemoor Farms sites, and there is something special about the depth of character those old vines provide. This is a dark masterpiece.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.” [NOTE: the 96pt 2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is the only Washington Cabernet to ever achieve a stronger review from Tanzer.]

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

Please limit order requests to 4 bottles of the blend and 6 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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