Silverdale, WA 14.1% alc. (Purchased on 1/24/14)
70% Syrah 23% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot Best I can tell is that this blend is produced by Amelia Bleu Wines and Ashlyn’s Vineyard in Chelan in north central WA. They apparently have or had a tasting room in Woodinville too…just east of Seattle.
Upon uncorking, there was a thin layer of dark purple sludge on the underside of the cork and around the inside neck of the bottle. Opaque beautiful dark purple in color; attractive nose of black fruit; plummy, jammy aromas with underlying oak. First thing that hit my palate was almost racy acidity, producing a tingly tartness on the front and sides of my tongue. What tastes like new oak was more pronounced than I expected it to be (based on the nose). The acidity gives it more pie cherry flavors rather than the blackberry and black plum I might have expected. There are some plum flavors, but unripe plum. There’s decent tannin here too, but it’s integrated well with the fruit and acidity. The oak is strongest in the finish…and a little more than I’d prefer. There’s a bit of warming heat in the finish too.
A few years may bring this blend into better balance…hard to say. Not bad, but for me, the acid and oak are distracting from the fruit. Seems a bit disjointed right now, so I’ll give it a low end Thumbs Up…close to Drinkable. Perhaps it’s just not for me.