Hello friends. I’m not so sure our warehouse has space for this offering (which comes from the most popular label we offered in 2012), but no matter; we’ll find someplace for it!
When I began to see bottles of For A Song wines from the 2010 vintage, I knew something was up. As long-time list members may remember from our first For A Song offering (the 2009 Syrah that launched a firestorm of interest), my understanding then was that the For A Song label was a destination for Olsen Estates remaining 2009 juice in barrel before the winery went out of business in mid-2010. Well, the Olsen barrels from 2009 are all gone, but For A Song remains.
What changes: the fruit sourcing, which will now encompass many more vineyards than Olsen.
And more importantly, what stays the same (at least for now):
1. The winemaker. Kyle Johnson, the former winemaker at Olsen Estates, is making all but one of the For A Song wines (the exception is a Pinot Noir made in Oregon).
2. The focus on QPR. The goal is to continue producing wines that over-deliver for their price points.
3. The tariff.
This is sourced from four different areas, with the majority coming from the Wahluke Slope (Milbrandt-farmed sites) and greater Columbia Valley (Goose Ridge Vineyard), and smaller portions coming from Horse Heaven (Discovery Vineyard) and Red Mountain (Kiona).
It is aged for 26 months, all in French oak (10% new). That is a barrel regimen (time and type) not generally associated with $10-$15 Cabernet. In a cool vintage that has yielded plenty of lean-mean-green Cabernets, Kyle managed to coax plenty of ripeness out of this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.2% listed alc). The nose is a lovely mix of black cherry, cocoa powder, and Dr. Pepper spice. The palate combines black raspberry, orange peel, and cola, all heightened by earthy/mineral nuance. You know you’re drinking Cab as this moves past the mid-palate and onto the finish, rustic with its chewy black-tea tannins. For any summer grilling sessions where large hunks of red meat will be on the menu, this is a pretty easy choice.
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 during the spring shipping window.