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Today's Tasting

2020 GSM

$45 / $38 Club

Our second vintage of this Rhône-style blend is a pretty pale purple in the glass, with a complex nose that blends vibrant red cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with subtle floral hints and layers of savory and spicy notes. Breathe deeply and let all these diverse aromas integrate, and you may find an intriguing combination of sweet and savory somewhat akin to a fig newton. With time in the glass, the Grenache’s clarion call of candied cherry becomes unmistakeable. On the palate it begins very lively and fruity, transitioning to the savory and herbal much like the nose. There’s more structural heft than the 2019 here, filling out the mid-palate and carrying an extended finish, but the energetic nimbleness of the Grenache remains the central story of this beautiful wine.

2020 Resurgent Vineyard Syrah

$45 / $38 Club

With each vintage, the Resurgent name becomes better known, and we get more and more excited with the resulting wine. This year’s incarnation is deep purple in the glass, with the most color density we’ve seen from this block. The nose brings familiar Resurgent qualities: blue and black fruits (plum, blueberry, huckleberry), mostly fresh but with hints of concentrated dried fruits, plus savory notes of clove, tobacco leaf, black tea, and tar. Upon tasting, an initial burst of slightly redder fruit settles into a rich, mouth-filling texture of more earthy and brooding notes of anise and truffle from the modest inclusion of stems in the ferment. There’s a framework of subtle and dusty tannin that beautifully carries this thought-provoking wine.

2020 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah

$45 / $38 Club

2017 and 2018 were about Block 23, 2019 was about Block 50, and now we bring you a 2020 that weaves the story of both blocks together, with a nearly even split between the two. The hue is more crimson than the Resurgent, and the nose is, as is typical to our Les Collines Syrah in its youth, a bit shy and coiled up at first. Give it air and the customary blue and black fruits (blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry) reveal themselves, interwoven into a loamy, herbal matrix. This wine is big and mouth-filling from the first taste, with tart, lively fruits and a chalky minerality. The tannin profile tends to build, and provides the perfect framework to present this very pure incarnation of Les Collines. We’re thrilled to see these two different blocks play so well together to hero this iconic vineyard.

2019 Walla Walla Valley Merlot

$50 / $42 Club

If you haven’t figured it out yet, we love Merlot — and we remain convinced that Washington Merlot can match up just fine with the world’s best. In 2019 we moved our primary Merlot source to Seven Hills Vineyard, and we are thrilled with the result. An energetic nose of tart red cherry and cranberry with hints of bay leaf and toasted brioche greets you. The palate features bright and fresh, juicy cherry, raspberry, and red plum flavors, with subtle interwoven herbal notes. Smooth, fine tannins gently build to a beautifully long finish that carries lingering fruit and subtle tinges of hazelnut and cocoa powder. It’s mouthwatering stuff that will keep you coming back for sip after sip.

2019 Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

$50 / $42 Club

The Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gives way this year to a vineyard designated wine from Phinny Hill. This fruit has always played a major role in those previous iterations, but now it’s been given a chance to play the starring role, and it does not disappoint. Classic Cab aromatics of cassis, red currant, plum, and cherry weave together with garrigue and a fascinating tinge of fresh pine needle. The palate is smooth and lively, with baked raspberry, marionberry, and plum and secondary notes of toast and nutmeg appearing on the finish. The tannins are velvety and forward-focused, and somewhat less muscular than the Cabernet Franc. As always, we enjoy producing a wine that reminds that Cabernet Sauvignon can show finesse and elegance, and needn’t always be a beast!

2019 Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

$60 / $50 Club

We’ve found this wine rewards a little more patience in bottle, and this vintage is no exception. It’s an iridescent, deep ruby in the glass, and from the first sniff reveals effusive, clean, classic Cab aromatics — cassis, dark plum, blackberry, date — interwoven with some subtle barrel notes of toasted brioche, vanilla bean, and cocoa powder. The palate is rich, bright, and balanced, reinforcing the aromatics, with fruits that are ripe and full but not jammy or overblown. This effusive fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and an extremely well-integrated tannin profile. The finish is persistent and mouth-watering, with nuanced notes of mocha and herbs. We think this is our best result from Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon so far, and that’s saying something!