Full Pull July Cabernet Price Drop

Hello friends. We’ve been offered special July-only pricing (down from a $36 release price) on a well-reviewed, full-of-old-vine-fruit Cabernet Sauvignon from our friends at Tamarack Cellars:

2013 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Much of the reason for the short-term discount, intended to goose sales in mid-summer, has to do with “ghost reviews.” So, here are two solid reviews for this wine:

Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.

The reason that these are both ghost reviews? Both ended up as web-only. Only viewable on winemag.com (Enthusiast) and winespectator.com (Spectator). Apparently in-magazine reviews drive plenty of sales. Web-only reviews? Not so much. So, thanks to the vagaries of various wine publications, we end up with a great tariff on a wine that has no business being discounted.

The vineyard material is top-notch here, no surprise for a wine in Ron Coleman and Danny Gordon’s lineup. Start with old-vine 1972-planted Bacchus Block 3 (you might remember this block from Abeja’s Reserve Cab program) and Dionysus Block 11 (early 1980s-planted). Layer in a pair of Red Mountain all-stars (Ciel du Cheval, Tapteil) and stalwarts from Walla Walla (Seven Hills) and Wahluke Slope (Weinbau). Nary a dud in the bunch.

And then the whole thing gets the luxury treatment: 22 months in French oak, 65% new, the remainder second and third fill. The nose layers beautiful smoky spices (pimenton agridculce, smoked salt) over a core of redcurrant and red cherry fruit. Earthy soil tones and nutty pecan barrel notes round out a complex, attractive nose. The palate possesses terrific old-vine intensity and depth, fanning out across the middle and coating the entire palate. The finish is all dusty-earthy tannic chew, a just-right bit of toothsome pleasure to invite the next sip or next bite of food. This offers fine value at its $36 release price, let alone our tariff today. Many thanks to Ron Coleman for the opportunity!

Please note: my understanding is that this is July-only pricing. We’ll be aiming to place our order on July 25 for delivery July 26. Any orders placed after July 24 are likely to be zeroed out. With that said: first come first served up to 24 bottles, and 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.

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