The 2019 CVR has a beautiful, almost exotic nose, featuring boysenberry, plum, blackberry crumble, milk chocolate, and violets, with hints of sandalwood and tarragon. The palate is rich and plush, with red and blue fruits, cocoa, cigar box, dried herbs, and a bit of crushed stone minerality. The finish is long and structured, which will lend itself to near-term aging. Drink 2024-2034
International Wine Report - 94 points
Aged for 20 months in 50% new French oak, this scrumptious left-bank Bordeaux style blend made up of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot that envelopes the senses on the nose. Bountiful aromas of rich red and black fruits, ground coffee beans, black plum, dusty country road, and burned incense abound. More savory on the palate with medium tannins and tangy acidity, the palate pops with black cherry, boysenberry, tar, and anise. Beautifully structured, this wine needs a year or two in bottle to really come alive, and then enjoy over the next decade.
Jeb Dunnuck - 94 Points
The 2019 Red Wine Columbia Valley can be thought of as the entry-level wine for this label. Composed of 67% Cabernet, 21% Merlot, and 12% Petit Verdot, it's one heck of a base cuvée, and I'd happily drink a bottle. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic notes of darker currants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and herbal notes, and it's medium to full-bodied, round, plush, and seamless on the palate, with terrific balance. It's beautifully done and can be enjoyed any time over the coming 15 years or more.
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