Hello friends. I’m not sure any Full Pull & Friends bottling has been more popular than our inaugural offer. So I think many of our list members will be happy to hear that today’s FP&F offer comes from that same winery (let’s call them “Winery Alpha” going forward), and it too comes from the glorious 2007 vintage:
Now, a few quick reminders on the FP&F project:
Reminder #1: The Concept
This is far from an original concept. For generations, merchant-negociants in Europe, in addition to buying finished bottles, have purchased juice and/or grapes for their own labels. And every time I’m in northwest wine country, I’m tasting not just finished bottles but plenty of juice from barrel as well. The problem, until recently, was that we simply didn’t meet the volume requirements necessary to commit to a full barrel, or two barrels, or three or four. But in the past year, Full Pull has reached critical mass to where we can pursue these remarkable opportunities.
Reminder #2: The Name
Full Pull & Friends. Two clauses. The first (Full Pull) matters because this is juice that we believe in, that we *want* to put our name on, that we feel represents extraordinary value for our list members. The second (Friends) represents our wonderful list members, whose support of Full Pull has allowed us to reach the point where negociant wines were even possible, as well as our partner winemakers, who love seeing their carefully-tended juice get bottled on its own and offered to folks who they know to be enthusiastic about Washington wine. Oh, and CVBDX? That’s just shorthand for a Columbia Valley Bordeaux blend.
Reminder #3: The Winery
In some cases, we’ll be able to include the name of the winery involved, and in others (like today’s offer) we won’t. I understand the wineries that don’t want their names revealed. They have brand equity to protect, and they don’t want to see their name splashed on a bottle that costs less than half of their own. What I can say is: my plan continues to be to only work with wineries that are already popular with our list members, wineries with whom Full Pull has a long relationship. For example, we first started working with this winery partner in early 2010, and we’ve offered a grand total of 33 of their wines.
This wine comes from perhaps the best vintage of the past decade in Washington, and it spent a good long time in French oak, about 50% new. The fruit comes from outstanding vineyards (which by agreement must remain nameless), and it is a blend of 36% Cab Franc, 34% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot and 12% Malbec.
I think those of you who liked the 07 FP&F Cabernet are going to dig this bottle as well; the two are stylistically similar. This begins with a piercing nose filled with layer upon layer of fruit: dried cherry, apricot, guava, blackberry. Some of the fruit is fresh and some is dried, sign of a wine beginning to move into a more mature phase. The densely-layered fruit continues on the palate, now complicated by soil notes and dusted with integrated oak flavors of cocoa powder and espresso. The palate is rich, seamless, with a plump mid-palate transitioning into a long, long finish full of softening, fine-grained, but still very much present tannin. It’s a silky, balanced, openly delicious bottle. It’s also throwing some sediment, so decanting or careful pouring would be a good idea here.
One more point worth remembering: this is a special bottle, exclusive to our list members. Outside of the Full Pull list (and nefarious list members selling through secondary channels, but we don’t have any of those, do we?), there is no place else to source these. They are one-off treats for our list members, and in some ways, by our list members. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.