South Oregon, OR
48% Cab 37% Cab Franc 15% Merlot
$5 at Renton, WA
Nice complex nose of anise, leather, spice. Dark fruit, blackberry on the palate with a little toffee. This is nicely aged Bordeaux styled wine still holding up well for $5. The Cab Franc really shows. You owe it to yourself to give this wine a try if you see it around. Some drying tea like tannins in the finish but really good structure. I had it with barbecued pork tenderloin and it was very good, but crack this open and have it with a steak and it will sing. It is a food wine and thumbs up for sure, drink now.
The winemaker is Joe Dobbes, a long time Oregon winemaker now known for Dobbes Family and Wines by Joe. The vineyards are from high elevation in the Rogue Valley outside of Medford. Good pedigree and it shows.
Update: Lim13 reviewed the 2005 Cliff Creek Syrah here.