Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 4/23/13)
Slightly hazy medium purple/garnet; nose shows slight cigar box cedar, earth and a little herbal/mint quality with very faint green bean. In the mouth it’s both thin and a little watery, yet tannic at mid-palate. Acidity seems slightly high and out of balance. Flavors show more red fruit than black—not what I’d expect from Cab. And the raspberry, cherry flavors are anything but concentrated. Finish is drying, tart and astringent. Back label says it spent 17 months in small French oak barrels, but I get only light oak.
Seems someone (was it you bin5?) commented perhaps on “What’s New” that this wine did nothing in particular for him. I’d agree. I’ll not be looking for more during the sale. This wine is really in juxtaposition to the Shiraz from this producer that I reviewed earlier…and that was three dollars cheaper!!