Hello friends. Sneaking in a quick offering on this fine Tuesday for two wines that were originally slotted for later 2013, or maybe early 2014, but each has an about-to-be-published review that is going to exert extra sales pressure. Let’s not take a chance on missing out:
2012 Guardian Cellars Sauvignon Blanc “Angel”
This review is set to appear in the November issue: Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
As you can pretty easily glean from PaulG’s note, this is the strongest review he was written for a Washington Sauvignon Blanc. Ever.
It certainly does have the pyrazine pungency that only Sauv Blanc can bring to the table, but not in the aggressively green way that can plague New Zealand. Instead, it’s a grass-clover-tarragon-jalapeno all-things-green mish-mash. That appetizing nose gives way to a palate that marries richness to vibrancy in an intense, palate-coating manner, all citrusy and grassy and oh-so Sauv Blanc. The creamy mid-palate is just right, connecting the bright front palate to the lingering, mouthwatering finish. Impressive juice from an AVA (Red Mountain) much better known for burly reds than for Sauvignon Blanc.
2010 Robert Ramsay Cellars Syrah Boushey Vineyard
This review is set to appear in the October 31 issue: Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
Note: this has the score/price chops to make Spectator’s Top 100 list at year’s end, but I suspect the production level is too low. All Boushey fruit, and a coferment of 95% Syrah/5% Viognier, if it’s not the funkiest Boushey Syrah ever, it certainly has savory tomato-paste/braised-meat charm to spare. I also picked up some woodsmoke and coconutty/mocha barrel notes that makes me think some proportion of the French oak here is new. The overall package is an intense, spicy, smoky version of this benchmark Washington vineyard.
First come first served up to 12 bottles of each wine, and the wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.