Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

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Broadside 2014 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, for many today and yesterday are snow days, and I feel like we need a big warm Cabernet to cozy up to. I’ve long been a fan of the boldness, purity, and beauty of Paso Robles wines, but they are not very well represented here in Washington State. In many ways, I think of Paso Robles as the Washington of California. When I visited the region a few years ago, I found the culture of the wine industry there to be very similar to our own, and the winemaking style is somewhat similar as well, yet distinctly different. The wines of Paso Robles are a tremendous value, and often can go toe to toe with a big bold red from Napa for half the price, which is certainly the case for today’s Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $14.99 (Regularly $18)

In the short time they’ve been around, the Broadside wines have been written up by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonne, and even been reviewed by Channing Tatum and Snoop Dogg. Husband and wife team Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi run the show as owners and operators, with Brian focused on the winemaking and Stephanie on the viticulture. Stephanie has degrees in enology, chemistry, and plant science, and was recently nominated as winegrape grower of the year in San Luis Obispo County. Brian spent several years making wine for others in Italy, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara County, before the couple decided to start a home and a winery in Paso Robles

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has called Broadside, “A go-to brand for everyday sipping,” and personal I agree. It’s a smooth and easy drinking wine with lots of deep dark color. Pretty aromas jump out of the glass immediately, showcasing the popular style of ripe and dense reds which Paso Robles has come to be known for. There are scents of menthol, blueberries, and dark cherries on the nose. The palate is velvety smooth, with flavors of stewed plums, raspberry jam, Chambord liqueur, trailed by hints of cedar, cola, and leather.

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet

Region: Santa Margarita Ranch & Estrella District Sub Regions, Paso Robles AVA, California

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging: 14 Months in Neutral French & American Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Full

Alcohol: 13.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Argentine Malbec, Napa Cab, California Zinfandel

Cheers

Yashar

Underground Wine Project 2014 Devil’s Playground

Devil’s Impulse

Underground Wine Project 2014 Devil’s Playground, Red Mountain, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, another Impulse favorite is back with a new vintage, the Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s yet another hit from Underground Wine Project, who also gave us Idle Hands and the Mr. Pink Rosé, all of which are huge hits. Mark Ryan McNeilly and Trey Busch continue to outdo themselves, and just about everyone else, with this collaboration series which brings to the table supremely enjoyable and hedonistic wines, with fantastic pricing.

Devil’s Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon $31.99

The 2014 Devil’s Playground is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Syrah added to soften up the tannins and add extra layers of flavor. The grapes are sourced from Quintessence Vineyard, which I’m sure I’ve raved about as being among my favorite new vineyards on Red Mountain. The wine is aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, and the final product is big, bold, soft, deep, rich, and smooth.

The nose is full of big ripe fruit, baking spices, cocoa nibs, and toast, going down many layers. The palate is medium-full, soft, and easy drinking, with loads of blackberries and raspberries. There are notes of mocha, cassis, vanilla bean pod, and smoke. A serious crowd-pleaser, outright delicious!

Underground Wine Project Devil's Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Underground Wine Project Devil’s Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Devil’s Playground Cab

Region: Red Mountain

Vineyard(s): Quintessence Vineyard

Grape(s): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Syrah

Aging: 24 Months in 100% Few French Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Medium-Full

Alcohol: 14.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Idle Hands, Secret Squirrel, Old Scratch

Cheers

Yashar

Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Red

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Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Vineyardm, Bordeaux Red, Yakima Valley, WA

Fellow wine lovers, we’ve all been loving the outstanding wines that Kevin White Winery has been putting out over their few short years of production. A few weeks ago we featured his new declassified Rhone Red with rave reviews, and today we are debuting a Reserve Cabernet Blend. The new Kevin White “Heritage” is a Cab/Merlot sourced from the DuBrul Vineyard.

Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Reserve Red $34.99

This is likely one of the most affordable wines made from DuBrul Vineyard fruit. DuBrul Vineyard has quickly become a favorite amongst many local winemakers and sommeliers alike, as it deliverswines of tremendous complexity and great balance. Cote Bonneville’s own DuBrul Estate wines start around $50 and go over $120. Even the Owen Roe DuBrul Vineyard wines go for $40 to $70, making the Kevin White an unparalleled value on a great wine. As with Kevin White’s previous wines, his preference for finesse in winemaking is ever-present, with delicate stylings and only 40% new French oak aging for 22 months.

The Heritage Reserve is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot from DuBrul Vineyard. Its nose conveys notes of dehydrated berries, smoke, and dried leaves. The palate is medium bodied and very approachable, showing notes of blackberries and tobacco, with hints of black olives, cherries and rose petals. Very easy drinking for a younger Cabernet Sauvignon based wine, and should also develop nicely for a few years. It’s perfect for Spring, because it’s not too heavy that you won’t want to drink it on a warm and sunny day, and it should pair wonderfully with grilled foods.

We have just 2 cases of the Kevin White “Heritage” DuBrul to offer on Impulse, and they are available first come first serve.

Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Reserve

Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Reserve

Click here to order the Kevin White “Heritage” DuBrul Cab/Merlot

Region: Yakima Valley AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): DuBrul Vineyard
Grape(s): 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot
Aging: 22 Months in 40% New French Oak Barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2021
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Train Station Cabernet, Owen Roe DuBrul Vineyard
Food Pairings: Grilled Foods
Production: 169 cases
Availability: 2 cases

Cheers

Yashar

Passing Time 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Passing Time 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, WA

Fellow wine lovers, if you opened up a copy of Wine Spectator or Sports Illustrated (or anything else having to do with either wine or sports) in the last twelve months, chances are you caught a glimpse of the limelight shining of Passing Time Winery. We featured their inaugural vintage last year, and since then they have gone on to sheer stardom, as expected. Today their second vintage, 2013, is being released, and it’s every bit as good as the first- if not better.

Passing Time 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon $74.99

A quick recap of the story behind Passing Time Winery: Started by retired football players Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins, and Damon Huard also of the Dolphins, in addition to being a UW Husky. These two guys were smart, so they teamed up with Chris Peterson of Avennia Winery, and he has been their winemaker from the start. I’m of the opinion that Chris Peterson is currently one of the top winemakers in Washington state, and I’d say my theory is well supported by this outstanding wine. It’s distinctly different from the Avennia wines in that it embodies a bolder and more hedonistic form, yet still characterizes Chris Peterson’s style of elegant wines, with tremendous polish and harmony.

The Passing Time 2013 is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, sourced from Champoux and Discovery Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. It’s aged for almost two years in new French oak, which adds to the wine’s great complexity and depth, and is very well integrated. Full bodied, it displays gripping tannins which will soften with a bit of time. This is amongst the most balanced 2013’s I’ve had, showing ripe and lush, with chock-fulls of blackberry, cassis, Chambord, and hints of cookie dough. The texture is excellent, the flavors are plentiful and beautiful, and the wine is an all around sensation.

Jeb Dunnuck of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate scores it 92-94+ and remarks, “voluptuous, dense and serious, with sensational purity of fruit, this beauty will be approachable with short-term cellaring, and keep for two decades… one serious, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon

Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon

We have just 12 bottles to offer on Impulse, first come first serve.

Click here to order the Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): Champoux and Discovery Vineyards
Grape(s): 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 21 months in New French Oak Barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2026
Body: Full Bodied
Alcohol: 14.8% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Mark Ryan, DeLille, Force Majeure
Press: 92-94+ from Jeb Dunnuck of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Availability: 12 bottles

Cheers

Yashar

Cote Bonneville Train Station Cab

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Cote Bonneville “Train Station” 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, in 1991 the Shiels family purchased an apple orchard in the Yakima Valley and promptly tore it out in order to plant DuBrul Vineyard. Daughter Kerry later went UC Davis, arguably the best winemaking school in the world, to earn her Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology, and has since taken her place as winemaker for the family’s estate winery, Cote Bonneville. The grapes from their vineyard are also purchased by some of the most recognizable wineries around- if you’re a fan of Owen Roe Winery’s red wines, odds are you’ve drank some DuBrul Vineyard fruit, whether it was in single vineyard form, or a Yakima Valley blend.

The wines Kerry makes at Cote Bonneville are easily some of the most age worthy reds of Washington State, and have achieved a cult-like following, fetching anywhere from $50 for their “Carriage House” Red to $120 per bottle for their flagship label. Lucky for us, they’ve recently introduced a second label called “Train Station”, which goes for a fraction of the price, while still demonstrating precisely what makes their wines so desirable.

Train Station by Cote Bonneville 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99

The new Train Station Cabernet is a winery only wine, and the Shiels family has been kind enough to allow us to offer it on Impulse. The name Train Station comes from the fact that dad Hugh has been a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon, with his office being in the old Grandview Train Depot, built in 1911, connecting Yakima to Walla Walla. This year, the Shiels have transformed the old train station into their new tasting room, which is the only place other than here where you can get this wine.

While in Yakima, I had an opportunity to taste the Train Station Cabernet at an event with several other top wineries from the area, and it was easily my favorite of the group – a real beauty! Plush and smooth, layered and complex. Made with Kerry’s signature delicate touch, and coming in at an impressively low 13.9% alcohol, it’s aged for 18 months in 25% new French oak, which is very well integrated. The nose is pretty with juicy notes of blueberries and raspberries, coupled with hints of spicy herbs and anise. The palate is very smooth yet well structured with tannins which are present but not aggressive. There are creamy milk chocolate notes aside notions of stone, loam, and graphite, wrapped in lovely ripe blackberries and cassis. A very well made wine, displaying lots of elegance, and it should gain even more complexity with a bit of time in the bottle.


Cote Bonneville "Train Station" 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cote Bonneville “Train Station” 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Train Station Cabernet Sauvignon by Cote Bonneville

Region: Yakima Valley AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: DuBrul Vineyard
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 18 Months in 25% New French Oak Barrels, 75% Used French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2020
Body: Medium-Full
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Cote Bonneville, Owen Roe Cabernet,
Food Pairings: Prime Rib
Production: 143 cases
Availability: 4 cases

Cheers

Yashar

Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Passing Time Impulse

Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, you may have heard the buzz over one of the most highly anticipated new wineries in Washington, Passing Time. Why is it so highly anticipated? Well, for starters, the wines are made by winemaker Chris Peterson, of Avennia, which you already know is the hottest new winery of the last three or four years. Moreover, Passing Time is a project started by NFL quarterbacks, Dan Marino and Damon Huard, who drafted Chris Peterson as they winemaker. I’m always skeptical over celebrity wines, but they held a sneak preview of their unreleased wine last year, and the crowds really went wild for this stuff. This one has great pedigree, both in the winery, and in the vineyards where they’ve sourced grapes from line-up of the best sites in the state.

In fact there’s legend going around about how they got their hands on grapes, for 2014 harvest, from one of the most sought after pieces of land in Washington – a 1984 planting of Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon at Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. The story goes that Chris Peterson went to Klipsun to ask the owners if they’d be interested in selling him grapes for this new winery. The owners of the vineyard, whose grapes are highly vaunted and heavily wanted, told Chris that this 1984 has very limited availability, “hardly a stone’s throw worth of vines”. It was at this time that Chris said, “I’ll tell you what, why don’t I have the owners of the winery come out here themselves, and they can throw a football up the rows of vines, and however far they throw the ball, that’s how many rows of vines we get… don’t worry about it, they are just a couple of retired guys, how far could they possibly throw the ball?” Of course, when the time came, it turned out to be Dan Marino and Damon Huard who were throwing the ball, and they were able to secure lavish contract for the Old Vine Cab… Okay, maybe this isn’t the real story, maybe I just made that up…. Let’s talk about the awesome wine!

Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon $74.99

Passing Time might just be a new icon for Washington State, right up there with the likes of Betz, Force Majeure, Leonetti, and Quilceda Creek. This a big and powerful Cabernet, with loads of stuffing, yet still very nimble. Just releasing now, it’s already received a score of 92-94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and a score of 93 points from Sean Sullivan of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Sean also labelled it as a “Cellar Selection”, suggesting that he feels this wine is highly worthy of laying down in your cellar for several years. Truly a collectors’ wine!

The nose kicks off plenty of spice and a bit roasted coffee aromatics, passing to hints of Madagascar Vanilla. The first thing I notice on the palate is how luscious and smoothly textured it is. The full bodied wine runs down with notes of licorice, pepper corns, and spicy herbs. It starts out very tight, and merits a decanting, because when it opens up, it really opens up. You start to see lots of intense dark fruit notes, with blackberries, creme de cassis, and black cherry, scoring extra points with very bright hints of orange peel and violets. With lots of complexity and a very long finish, it’s easily one of the biggest, most dense wines I’ve had lately, yet like all of Chris Peterson’s wines, it never comes off as overbearing, and doesn’t weigh you down. Really sets a new mark for Cabernet.

Only 500 cases were produced of the 2012 vintage, and we’re really pleased to have just 24 bottles to offer on Impulse, first come first serve.

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Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Passing Time 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Region: Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Discovery, Champoux, and Klipsun Vineyards
Grape: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 5% Cab Franc
Aging: 21 months in New French Oak Barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2025, maybe longer
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Big Cabs, Napa Cab, Force Majeure Cab
Press: 92-94 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93 Points & “Cellar Selection”
from Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Food Pairings: Steak!
Production: 500 cases
Availability: 24 bottles

Cheers

Yashar

Betz 2012 Bordeaux Releases

Muscular Impulse

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Clos de Betz” and “Pere de Famille”

Fellow wine lovers, I’ve said many times that Washington’s 2012 vintage is one of the best on record, yielding some of my favorite wines of all time. Turns out that Bob Betz, of Betz Family Winery, agrees with me full heartedly, and then some. In fact, Bob says that 2012 is among the top 3 to 5 vintages of that last 40 years. A pretty bold, and accurate, statement! During the growing season, everything came together just right, for a near perfect vintage- one full of power, richness, strength, and character.

Finally, I’m happy to be offering you the highly vaunted Bordeaux style wines of Betz Family Winery, from the near perfect vintage of 2012. They are in extremely high demand, so we were able to eke out just a tiny amount for a rather limited feature on Impulse.

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Clos de Betz” Bordeaux Red $59.99

A classic Betz wine, made even more authoritative by the riches of the 2012 vintage, this red fis lush and smooth, while firm and full bodied. A blend based on 67% Merlot, with 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot, it shows all the velvety qualities and delicious plummy fruits of a lovely Washington Merlot, backed by hints of spice and strength brought on by the Cabernet and Petit Verdot. If you’ve ever felt that Merlot, or Merlot based blends are not powerful enough for your tastes, this one does not fall into that category.

The wine displays lots of deep black raspberry and dark cherry, with notes of fruit leather, and hints of cocoa. It has notions of spicy herbs, and plum liqueur, alongside fresh flower petals. It’s definitely worthy of decanting if you’re so inclined, and after about an hour it opens up to a meaty, smoky quality, while softening up nicely.

Jeb Dunnuck gives the Clos de Betz a score of 93-95 points, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Only 862 cases were made, and we have just 12 bottles to offer today, first come first serve.

Betz Family Winery 2012 Clos de Betz

Betz Family Winery 2012 Clos de Betz

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State
Grape: 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot
Aging: 100% French Oak Barrels 65% New and 35% One Time Fill, for 16 Months
Drinkability: Now through 2023, worth decanting
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Bold Wines, Washington Merlot
Press: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 93-95pts
Food Pairings: Prime Rib Roast
Production: 862 cases
Availability: 12 bottles

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Pere de Famille” Cabernet Sauvignon $74.99

As the name suggests, the Betz Family Winery “Pere de Famille” is the lead of the line up. This flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning, year after year, and the 2012 is the cream of the crop. Just yesterday, I took part is a blind tasting of Washington Cabernets and Cabernet blends over $65, and everyone agreed that the Betz Pere de Famille was their favorite.

This Cabernet has always had a few other Bordeaux grapes blended into it, but the 2012 has the highest percentage of Cabernet ever, making it one of the biggest, most muscular yet. Bob Betz calls it a “historic” vintage, saying that the Cabernet is just so extraordinary this year, that it needs less blending to round it out; it’s almost perfect on its own. The nose pops with lots of spicy black pepper notes, hints of savory herbs, and freshly ground coffee. The palate is full bodied and tightly structured with firm tannins and balanced acidity. The Cabernet shows flavors of cassis, blackberries, and leather. Again, I certainly recommend decanting this wine, and watching as it gives way to greater earthy qualities of graphite and dusty gravel, after about an hour of breathing. There are further notes of anise, thyme, and lavender resonating in the background of this intense Cab. It is a powerful wine, steadied by a distinctive element of finesse.

Jeb Dunnuck gives the Betz Pere de Famille a score of 94-96 points, and calls it a “knockout”, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Just 954 cases were made, and we have only 6 bottles to offer today, first come first serve.

Betz 2012 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon

Betz 2012 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Betz Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State
Grape: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot
Aging: 100% French oak barrels 65% new 35% one fill, for 16 months
Drinkability: Now through 2023, Decanting Recommended
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like:
Press: 2012 Pere de Famille, Cabernet Sauvignon 94-96pts
Food Pairings: Wagyu Steak
Production: 954 cases
Availability: 6 Bottles

Cheers

Yashar