Silverdale, WA 2010 is 12.7% alc. 2011 is 12.8% alc. (Purchased on 8/16/13)
Cork closure. The 2010 is clear rather pale ruby/garnet; a bit more fruit and certainly less vegetal in the nose than its counterpart. But the nose is really very subdued and non-descript. The flavors are almost raspberryish with some cherry…great for a Grenache, but not for Cab, Merlot etc. Acidity seems a bit less harsh than the 2011. The tannins still seem to be the focus and I just don’t find any balance here. While I can deal with Pinots having a lack of dark color, I don’t expect to find the same in Bordeaux blends.
Screw top. The 2011 is also clear rather pale ruby/garnet; vegetal green bean nose with some smokiness. In the mouth it’s tart and acidic, thin and watery and totally lacking any body, depth or texture. Flavors are more green bean and perhaps some cinnamon. There are lip-smacking tannins, but little Bordeaux style fruit or flavors. I find nothing to like in this wine. Reader comments about it being pretty poor are right on the money…but I just had to experience it myself.
It strikes me that all the Pyrenees reds I’ve had (haven’t seen the Syrah, which seems to have the only redeeming value thus far per our readers) are from rather young vines that haven’t yet established any particular character. If that’s not the case, then I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that the winemaker might need more practice. The web site provides little information of substance regarding the wines and the 2009 Meritage is the only one included on their wine page. I suspect that Cab Sauv and Merlot are in the blend, but that’s as big a leap as I’m willing to take.