The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is straight up terrific, with tons of black currants, plums and spice to go with background smoked herbs and toasted bread nuances. Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, layered beauty has a great mid-palate, a silky texture and ripe tannin, all suggesting it will have a graceful evolution. (JD)
Bright ruby. Very ripe, liqueur-like aromas of cassis and blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice, plus a slightly roasted, tarry nuance, perhaps from the oak--although this wine was vinified in small stainless steel fermenters. Large-scaled, plush and spicy, conveying lovely floral complexity to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and licorice. Mott likes the extra depth and texture brought by the addition of some Petit Verdot. This very dry, broad wine finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and no greenness. Still a baby but already impressive. (ST)
The variety quickly announces itself with aromas of dark cherry and dried herbs followed by generous barrel accents. The black-fruit flavors are rich but maintain balance, with a persistence that impresses. (SS)
Firm in texture, with a roasted red pepper edge to the dark berry and herb flavors, coming together on the harmonious finish. Has presence and length. (HS)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)