- Thurston Wolfe Cabernet Sauvignon "The Teacher" 2010 Product #26311 (In Stock)
The undisputed “Ugliest Label In the Store” award winner is actually a terrific bottle of Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. As Wine Advocate said, “Thurston Wolfe is an artisanal producer of wines with personality. The production of these wines ranges from 48 cases to 588 cases so interested parties are advised to get on the mailing list.”
The 2010 is 100% Cabernet from three vineyard’s in the famous Horse Heaven Hills region, The Teacher gets 21 months in French, American and Hungarian oak to smooth out any rough edges. The aromas are big and complex: grilled bread, pencil lead, Asianspice, violets, and loads of dark black fruit. Then, a big mouthful of ripe black fruits and oak spice in a full bodied, rich, package. Nicely ripe and firm tannin give support and make this a great choice for anything roasted or grilled.
- Baer Ursa Columbia Valley Red 2009 Product #25937 (In Stock)
We never got to taste the 95 point, WS Top 100 #6, 2008 Ursa but it’s hard to believe it was much better than the 2009! Where the 2008 was mainly Merlot, in 2009 Cabernet Franc excelled in Baer’s Stillwater Creek Vineyard plots, so winemaker Erica Orr went with that as the wine’s core. About a third of the wine is Merlot with 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec for spine and depth.
The result is a wine that evokes warm-vintage Pomerol in terms of concentration and elegance but with a big burst of Washington fruit. The aromas show cherry and plum fruit accented by fresh herbs – thyme and marjoram – black olive, and toast notes. The texture is plush and silky with fine density of black cherry, blackberry and plum and dashes of black licorice and bitter cocoa. The tannins are dense but ripe, meaning you can enjoy this now with food and a decant or let it grow in cellar for 5-8 years. A “wow wine” in the best way.
"(44% cabernet franc, 38% merlot and 9% each cabernet sauvignon and malbec): Good deep, bright ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, mocha, smoke and tobacco. Sweet, seamless and shapely, with thoroughly ripe, complex flavors of plum, currant, leather and mocha. In a powerful style but not overly sweet. Finishes with lively blueberry and boysenberry fruit and building tannins. This lovely blend avoids the liqueur-like quality shown by many 2009 reds."International Wine Cellar 93 points
"Firm in texture, this elegant wine has a lithe core of black cherry, raspberry and floral flavors that extend into the long and inviting finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2014 through 2019. 981 cases made."Wine Spectator 92 points