Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, SyrahColumbia Valley
Richland, Washington, USA2006
$23.89 -- COSTCO, Austin, TX
Color: Medium to dark garnet
Nose: Burned fruit pie
Front: French fruit soup, espresso
Middle: Vanilla, soft tannins, mesquite
Back: Cinnamon, thyme
Burns clean?: Yes, mostly
A lush wine, for a lush evening, with bats flying around and a steak on the grill; avocadoes and tomatoes resting lazily on romaine and walnut oil and aged balsamic. I've been picky about the Washington wines I've been drinking, and it's paying off bigtime.
This is a whopper of a wine in all ways, with so many flavor things happening that I can't quite figure it out (as is no doubt evident from the lame-ass descriptions above). It doesn't have a clear structure, but like some good Australian shirazes with that trait, it doesn't suffer from it much. Warning: if you have something else to focus on tonight, don't start into this Realist novel of a wine!
Speaking of caveats, this wine usually goes for closer to $40, so I've tagged it accordingly. Long live CostCo.