Mullan Road, Cellars by Cakebread, Walla Walla, Washington, Cabernet based red blend, 2015
Wine Advocate 94/00: The 2015 Columbia Valley Red Wine opens in the glass with aromas of cassis, plums, sweet spices and burning embers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with lovely concentration, an abundance of fine-grained tannins and a pure, penetrating finish. A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. 3,570 cases of this excellent red were produced.
Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, Cotes de Roussillon Villages Latour de France, France, Syrah 2015
Wine Advocate 94/00: One of the more polished, sexy examples of the cuvee, aged all in concrete tanks. It boasts killer notes of black raspberries, cassis, pepper and licorice, with just a hint of chocolate appearing with time in the glass. This medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully textured red is an incredible value and will be impossible to resist over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will keep even longer.