Hello friends. We have the return today of a long-lost friend:
You’d have to be a long-time list member to remember this one, since our most recent (and only) offer of Glaze was more than three years ago, in January 2011.
Ross Mickel has, to the best of my knowledge, only made three vintages of this. I tasted the 2006 in the very early days of Full Pull and was all ready to offer it, only to have a restaurant (who shall remain nameless, not out of politeness but instead because I no longer seem able to remember) swoop in and grab the entire remaining parcel.
The 2008 vintage we jumped on nice and early. That’s the one we offered in 2011, and it became a hit, a low-weight/high-intensity Cabernet perfect for mid-week drinking, one made from Ross’ own grapes that, for percentage reasons, don’t make it into his other wines.
There was no 2009, which explains the long wait between offers, but now Glaze is back for the cooler 2010 vintage, which seems perfect for the style of this wine. I had this penciled in for a spring offer, but the urgency level was raised when Wine Spectator released a positive review towards the end of 2013:
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “($15); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 90pts.”
I agree with much of Harvey’s tasting notes, and his assessment of quality, but I’ll pick a nit with the drinking window. There are plenty of Washington Cabernets that should be laid down for 4-5 years. For me, this isn’t one of them. I like Glaze precisely because it is that rare beast: a Washington Cabernet meant for near-term consumption. The structure here is more of an acid play than a tannin play (what tannins are present are terrifically fine-grained; classy for the tariff), and the fruit is fresh and crunchy and high-toned, black cherry and pomegranate mixed with good leafy/brambly and espresso complexities. It’s a juicy, joyous mouthful, finishing clean and mouthwatering. Cabernet as a glugger, and perfect for a Wednesday night, not in a year or two, but right now.
Okay, maybe not *right now*, but the wine (first come first served up to 24 bottles) should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.