Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) with the rest Syrah, this wine offers aromas of fresh tobacco, cherry, cassis bud and smoke. The palate is broad and flavorful, showing a bit more fruit than is often seen from this typically mineral-driven region. (SS)
The same blend as the 2014, the 2013 The Lovers is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Syrah that was aged in mostly older puncheons. Showing the more elegant, fresh style of the vintage with its subtle black fruits, ground herbs, earth and lead pencil-like aromas and flavors, it has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful elegance, fine tannin and a graceful, balanced style that will keep it evolving nicely over the coming decade or more. (JD)
Bright, dark red. Sexy, musky complexity to the aromas of plum, currant, bacon fat, game and leather; showing its Syrah side on the nose today. Nobly rustic flavors of raspberry, strawberry, truffle and smoked meat offer lovely sweetness and harmonious framing acidity. This nicely delineated midweight is awfully sexy already but has the reserve for mid-term aging, even if it doesn't have quite the grip or detail of the 2012 version. Finishes with a smooth dusting of tannins and excellent subtle length. Washington Syrah fans who haven’t tasted Christophe Baron’s Cayuse wines in a while may have memories of some wild, high-octane bottles from the early 2000s. Today’s wines are as lush and complex as ever yet rarely hit 14% alcohol, giving them better balance and flavor definition than ever before. Baron credits his biodynamic farming methods with allowing him to produce fruit with better phenolic ripeness at lower levels of potential alcohol. Baron, who is originally from the Champagne region and continues to make wine there, noted that "2012 in Walla Walla is what 2005 was in Burgundy, while 2013 is like 2006." (ST)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)