A cuvee that’s not produced in every vintage, the 2012 Cote Patriarche comes all from the Red Willow vineyard and mostly from the oldest Syrah vines planted in Washington. Inky purple in color, with mineral-laced blackberry, cassis, crushed flowers, smoked earth and licorice, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, a seamless texture and an overriding sense of elegance that carries through the finish. Knockout stuff, it too will have 15+ years of longevity. (JD)
Coming from the oldest block of the oldest Syrah vineyard in the state (1986 plantings), this wine brings a pleasing assortment of herbs, blue plum, mineral and spice along with a kiss of smoked meat. It's focused and rich with densely packed fruit flavors and tannins that show a surprising amount of heft. Best after 2017. (SS)
(14.3% alcohol): Bright, deep medium ruby. Musky, feral aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice pastille, wild herbs and fruity black peppercorn. Tight, high-pitched and penetrating, even ungiving today, with powerful blueberry and blackberry flavors accented by black pepper. Almost hard-edged for a wine from this producer and in need of substantial patience. Will the tannins soften? (ST) 92+?
Firm and chewy, with a nice core of mint-accented blackberry and spice flavors pushing through the fine-grained but substantial tannins, finishing with a flourish. Best from 2018 through 2022. (HS)
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