Hello friends. One of the most exciting developments for us in 2014 wraps up today, as we mark the last of our 2014 releases under our Full Pull & Friends series:
We’ve been sitting on this wine a looooong time this year. No surprise, I suppose, that a Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon would be the last of the FP&Fs to come into its own. Red Mountain has a deserved reputation for powerhouse wines that are wonderfully age-worthy and that can really brood during their younger years. Signs of life began to emerge when we opened this for a sneak-preview pouring during our open Saturday in September. Still, it was clear that of the remaining Cabs, the Bacchus was the readier of the two for release, so we offered Bacchus in October and saved this beauty for the final month of the year.
Now then, some salient points/updates about the FP&F series:
- FPF-1: 2007 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Sauvignon | Undisclosed Winemaker | SOLD OUT
- FPF-2: 2012 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Sauvignon Phinny Hill Vineyard | Undisclosed Winemaker | SOLD OUT
- FPF-3: 2012 Full Pull & Friends Syrah-Grenache | Chris Peterson | 24% Remaining | $33.99 ($29.99 TPU)
- FPF-4: 2007 Full Pull & Friends CVBDX | Undisclosed Winemaker | 31% Remaining | $33.99 ($29.99 TPU)
- FPF-5: 2012 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Franc Bacchus Vineyard | Chris Peterson | 42% Remaining | $29.99 ($26.99 TPU)
- FPF-6: 2008 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Sauvignon| Undisclosed Winemaker | SOLD OUT
- FPF-7: 2012 Full Pull & Friends Merlot Klipsun Vineyard | Chris Peterson | 48% Remaining | $33.99 ($29.99 TPU)
- FPF-8: 2012 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Sauvignon Bacchus Vineyard | Undisclosed Winemaker | 37% Remaining | $33.99 ($29.99 TPU)
Our most recent to sell out was FPF-6, which means we’re sold out of three of the eight wines to date. We’re planning to pour samples of FP&F wines during most/all of our remaining open pickup days, so I’d expect a few of the others will also dwindle towards the end of the year. We’re not going to include reoffer links for all the available wines above (that would lengthen the offer even beyond our standards for loquacity), but if you’re interested, just respond to this e-mail with the wines and the number of bottles, and we can get those manually entered.
It has become clear in conversations at the warehouse that this program is exceptionally popular among our list members. I’m thrilled to hear it, because we couldn’t be having more fun identifying juice for these bottlings. I know many of you were fired up to see a FP&F bottle make it onto Sean Sullivan’s Top 100 Washington Wines for Seattle Met Magazine, and we were awfully proud too. I’m pleased to share that Wine Spectator has also accepted FP&F samples for review, and I’d expect those reviews to be forthcoming sometime in mid- to late-2015. In the meantime, we do have one review of today’s wine:
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: **** (Excellent).”
3. HOW IT WORKS
I’m re-printing this from our last offer. Those of you who have already fully internalized how we source these bottles should feel free to skip this section.
So, let’s say you’re a winery with plans to grow your production levels significantly. You’re offered more outstanding Red Mountain Cabernet fruit than you need for the 2012 vintage. Do you: a) Only purchase the fruit you need in 2012, and hope that in future years you can grow into your needs?; b) Take all the fruit, vinify it, and sell what you don’t need on the bulk market?; or c) Call up your good friends at Full Pull Wines and see if they’re interested?
Option a) is a non-starter for a smart winery. Red Mountain Cab is a scarce resource (Red Mountain is a tiny AVA), and doubtless if you move out, another winery will move in, and you’ll never see it again. Option b) is marginally better, but you’re likely to lose money on every gallon of juice you sell. Option c) it is!
The reasons this is a win-win scenario: it’s a win for the winery because we pay a small premium above the bulk market, enough that the wineries can at least recoup their fruit costs. It’s a win for us because we get access to classy juice that we can sell for well under what the price would be if it had the winery label on it.
Because this is such an attractive scenario for wineries, we have been approached with A LOT of FP&F options over the past year. We’ve said no to most, and yes to only the most exceptional juice. Including this Angela’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Angela’s is a vineyard owned by Efeste Winery, and it was planted in 2008 by none other than Dick Boushey, who continues to manage it. When we began doing FP&F wines, I knew we’d do some Cabernet Sauvignons, and I hoped one of them could come from Red Mountain. It is an area that makes a singular style of Cab (and Merlot for that matter, which is why we sourced our FP&F Merlot from Klipsun), and with Dick at the farming helm, we know we’re starting with pristine fruit.
On the winemaking front, our partner is the outstanding Chris Peterson of Avennia. He aged this juice in 67% new oak for 20 months, and it clocks in at 14.4% alc. It opens with a great Red Mountain nose: redcurrant fruit, iron minerality, and smoky/nutty (bourbon barrel, almond paste) notes that could come from barrel but I suspect come from the terroir, since I’ve seen them in so many Red Mountain wines over the years. In the mouth, this is a smoky/spicy mélange of deep red and black fruits and continuing earth notes. It is without question the most tightly wound of the 2012 FP&F wines, its fruit currently surrounded by city walls of earth and structure. That structure, as you’d expect from Red Mountain, comes mostly from tannins, which take over somewhere around the mid-palate and just won’t quit, coating the palate in a layer of toothsome chamomile goodness. If you’re planning to open one of these during this holiday season, I’d recommend pairing with a fatty piece of meat or a large decanter. From an outstanding grower-winemaker combo, an outstanding vintage, and an outstanding piece of Washington terroir, I’d expect a long and fascinating evolution ahead.
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.