Wine Region: Washington, USA
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot
The essential Cabernet fruit is enhanced by floral, rocky notes, dried thyme and anise, spice box, and vanilla oak aromas. It's sturdy wine, tenacious and promising of long cellar potential, but opens with creamy integration to an elegant, long finish.
97/100 – Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2015 Père de Famille is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, and 4% Merlot that's mostly from Red Mountain aged 20 months in 70% new French oak. This inky colored effort is packed and stacked, with deep blackberry and currant fruits intermixed with lots of graphite, crushed rock, and minerals as well as smoky, violets aromas and flavors. This full-bodied beauty has gorgeous purity and elegance. It needs 2-4 years of bottle age and will keep for two decades.”
96/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pere de Famille is a head turner offering a detailed, mineral-laced, full-bodied, fresh and elegant style that doesn’t lack for oomph or structure. It has classic notes of cassis, smoked tobacco and graphite, with nicely integrated acidity and a great, great finish. The team commented that the use of the optical sorter really helped with this vintage.”
95/100 – James Suckling
“Fantastic aromas of blackberry, violet and blueberry. A medium to full body and tight tannins that remain plush and caressing. A flavorful finish. Needs three or four years to come together. Impressive.”
Since the first vintage in 1997 they've had a single minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and ageworthy, and which showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. By carving out specific vineyard blocks and being meticulous in the vineyard and cellar they are able to achieve the quality they aspire to. As importantly over the years their winery culture has become a way of life in which everyone the growers, winery team and customers are family.
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