Two 2008s from Corliss

Hello friends. We have the very limited set of autumn releases for Corliss today, with allocations barely big enough to warrant an offer.

We’ve written about Corliss at length in the past. For today, let’s offer the condensed version: 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 2010 (along with plenty of 2011s, and – eek! – I even tasted my first 2012 Cab recently), Corliss is just getting ready to release their 2008s, a terrific vintage that would have received more love if it hadn’t followed right in the footsteps of 07. With nearly three years in barrel and another 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, so these are impressive reviews indeed). I tend towards more of a split decision. I love the blend for its earlier-drinking character, and in 2008 it’s an intense, mouthfilling wine, with loads of dusty earthy soil complementing ripe cherry-mocha notes. The Cab, on the other hand, is darker, more brooding. It will require more patience to show its finest character. The good news, of course, is that there’s no need to choose one or the other; we can try both.

2008 Corliss Estates Red Wine (BDX Blend)

This is typically 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 pillowy-textured mouthfeel. Rich, long, and precisely-balanced.

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

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94+pts.”

2008 Corliss Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

The core of the Corliss Cab has typically come from old-vine Sagemoor Farms sites, but more and more of the fruit is also coming from the estate vineyard on Red Mountain. It’s a dark beauty, with blackcurrant, black tea, and walls of dark mineral notes and chewy tannins. The best is yet to come, but this already brings pleasure with its ability to coat – and then linger over – every inch of the palate.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94(+?)pts.”

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Please limit order requests to 3 bottles of each wine, 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 ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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