Hello friends. Today we have the last of our 2015 slate of Full Pull & Friends new releases. It is also our only Cabernet Sauvignon to be released under the FP&F label this year. And it brings us full circle, as this is the new vintage of the inaugural wine that got this whole FP&F venture started:
[Note: we no longer republish the full history/availability/explanation of Full Pull & Friends with each of these offers, but we now have a page on our website displaying all that info. As you’ll see on that page, nine of the first fifteen FP&F wines are now sold out. Of those with remaining stock, the 2012 Cab Bacchus Vineyard is getting very close to quittin’ time, and the 2011 Chardonnay ain’t far behind. If you see any wines on that still-available list that pique your interest, please respond to this e-mail with the wine and the number of bottles you’re looking for, and we’ll enter those orders manually.]
Back in October 2013, we offered our first-ever private label wine, the well-loved 2007 FP&F Cabernet Sauvignon. Last year, we returned with the 2008 vintage from the same winery (“Winery Alpha,” as we’ve taken to calling them; we can’t disclose their name as part of our agreement, since our price is considerably lower than anything in their portfolio). Both of those are long-since sold out, so I suspect there will be some pent-up demand for this one.
It comes from the same sites as the 2007: two of the brilliant sites managed by Kent Waliser and Lacey Lybeck under the Sagemoor group – Dionysus and Weinbau – along with a bit of fruit from Stillwater Creek. It was raised in 60% new oak for more than two years before going into bottle, where we’ve now had it evolving and maturing for another three-and-a-half years in bottle. The result is a little marvel at six years past vintage.
The first thing you notice is the color density. This is inky red-black from core to rim. The nose comes spilling up out of the glass, with beautiful minty freshness atop a core of blackcurrant fruit and dark chocolate barrel notes and smoky/flinty minerals. The palate reveals a wine at a lovely place in its evolution. 2009 was a warm year in Washington, and it yielded an approachable vintage for wines. This one is actually more evolved, I would say, than the 2007 or 08. I’d drink the 09 first, then 07, and continue to wait a few years to crack those 2008s.
The good news with a warm year like 2009 (14.9% alc) is two-fold: first, it means there is no shortage of lush, delicious fruit. And second, it’s like hopping in a wine-ageing time machine. Everything moves a little faster in a warm year, and this is already displaying lovely tertiary sensibilities: some dried fruit to go with the fresh, some earth and mushroom and leather to go with the fruit. And that continuing minty-eucalyptus note keeps things very fresh and lively. Texturally, this is all charm and pleasure in the front, then more serious in the back: a reverse mullet wine, as I like to call it. The attack and mid-palate are plump and generous, but as the wine rolls into the finish, it broadens, coating the whole palate in fine-grained, integrating tannins, redolent of black tea studded with black cherries.
As usual, I think this is a wine that compares favorably with some of the $50+ Washington Cabernets on the market. The fact that it’s a chance to access the rarely-seen-anymore 2009 vintage is just the icing. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.