Hello friends. We have reorder opportunities today on two red wines that are set to receive very strong reviews from Paul Gregutt in the upcoming July issue of Wine Enthusiast. No telling how quickly those wines will disappear once those reviews trickle through mainstream channels, so let’s not waste any time.
And before that main course, a white wine appetizer, another reoffer opportunity with a strong Enthusiast review:
2012 Efeste Riesling Evergreen Vineyard
Originally offered January 19, 2014. Excerpt from original offer: Evergeen sits on a giant bed of uplifted caliche in a corner formed by the Columbia River to the west and the Ancient Lakes to the north. It’s a site prized for the chalky mineral spine it seems to impart to all the white grapes grown there. Evergreen does great with Sauvignon Blanc, great with Chardonnay, great with Pinot Gris. But it has built its reputation on Riesling. As the main source of both Eroica and Charles Smith’s Kung Fu Girl, it has become an ambassador vineyard for Washington Riesling, and for the Ancient Lakes region specifically.
Peter Devison’s version clocks in at 12.8% alc and barely a tick above 1% RS, so it drinks quite dry. I love the balance here, across several axes: acid-sugar, fruit-mineral. It provides a lovely sense of dry extract, and layers of flavor: peach, pluot, tangerine, honeysuckle, all streaked through with Evergreen’s chalky minerals.
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($20); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
2010 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard
Originally offered February 19, 2014. Excerpt from original offer: From Ben’s estate Cara Mia vineyard on Red Mountain. For lovers of terroir expression in general, and Red Mountain terroir in particular, these are wines from a man dedicated to delivering sense of place in the glass, and from a vintage that gave him the raw materials to do just that.
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($60); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).”
International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
So beautifully Washington Cab Franc, with its evocative mix of dried flowers and earth and poblano pepper to go with Merlot’s red cherry fruit. Savory in the mouth, and earthy, with perfectly integrated oak that just melts into the wine. The whole thing is just a textural marvel. It’s there in Sullivan’s notes (“seamless… beautifully integrated tannins”); it’s there in Tanzer’s notes (“manages to be wonderfully silky and taut at the same time, thick yet weightless”). It’s certainly there in my notes, where I’m trying to make sense of how a wine that conveys such ethereal lightness can also bring such intensity. Just beautiful, pinpoint-precise juice, with all the stuffing to age for years and years. All of us who have paid attention to Bel Canto over the years (arguably the queen of the Cadence lineup in terms of elegance) had high expectations after seeing what the 2010 harvest looked like. Even with those high expectations, Ben over-delivers here.
And here is the new Gregutt review: Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”
2011 Mark Ryan Cabernet Sauvignon Lonely Heart
Originally offered April 25, 2014. Excerpt from original offer: This is a wine that has developed a strong following among our list members (we’ve offered the previous three vintages). It’s a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon (Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun) and 13% Petit Verdot (Ciel), and it surprises with a nose that I would call fresh, soaring, downright pretty. Usually a brooder, I suspect it’s the cool 2011 vintage that allows for this higher-toned cherry-blossom aromatic expressiveness.
On the palate, it is as you’d expect: an honest expression of Red Mountain power. Barrel notes of high-cacao chocolate and woodsmoke swaddle a beautiful core of fruit, with layers of blackcurrant and cherry lifted by more unusual notes of guava and peach. There’s an exotic beauty to this that seems at odds with its sheer massiveness and length, but there you have it. For my palate, this has as much aging potential as any Mark Ryan wine I can remember tasting. The balance and sheer structural power suggest a tremendous evolution ahead.
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”
Please limit order requests to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. 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.