No Washington Cab cellar is complete without the Boudreaux 05 Cab. A bold statement, but give it five years and it will be one of the best wines in your cellar. Deep, concentrated aromas of black fruit lead in to tightly wound cassis, blueberry, and blackberry pie flavors. A massive wine in structure - not a fruit forward big red. Plentiful tannins carry through the finish, picking up savory notes, and a tinge of cedar while the black fruit sweetens and lingers. Tasted over the course of four days, the Boudreaux Cab could be decanted for a couple hours and enjoyed with a big hunk of protein, but we recommend cellaring.
Boudreaux Cabernet Sauvignon 05 is an Avalon NW Big Reds Club selection. Wine club members receive a 15% discount on this wine.
Previous vintage Parker 91+ points - the 2005 Boudreaux Cabernet Sauvignon is made with grapes from ten different vineyards. The wine is 81% Cab, with the rest of the wine's blend made up of approximately equal amounts of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese.
Boudreaux Cellars Merlot 05
Previous vintage ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS
A monster Merlot, built for Bordeaux fans. Cherry cola, new leather, plum, shade leaf tobacco, and cinnamon are wrapped around a dense core of red and black cherries. There's a sappy note that makes you think black strap molasses, mingling with a nice touch of cedary oak on the finish. Like the Cab, the Boudreaux Merlot has a huge frame that will flesh out over the next 5-7 years in the cellar.
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 91+ POINTS
Dense, complex, chocolate and violets and black cherries oh my! Rob is an old friend of the Figgins family and the Leonetti influence is evident in the wine. Smooth, lush, quite tightly structured and needing decanting if you drink it now, this classic WA Cab will age for 10-14 years. Unusually deft and sophisticated offering from a new winemaker.
More About Boudreaux Winemaker and
Boudreaux Cellars' Rob Newsom's day job is guiding mountain climbing and river rafting expeditions in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. He also makes a few barrels of exceptional big red wine at his remote and gorgeous home nestled next to Icicle Creek, near Leavenworth, Washington, surrounded by stark, jagged mountains. it's a world famous location for rock climbing and winter sports, and he's well known as a guide and expert climber. Rob and wife Tamara live in a cabin Rob built, with power generated by a diesel engine. They're completely off the grid - the only such winery in the Pacific Northwest.
At right, Rob is on the left in the photo, on top of Mt Rainier.
Mark Ryan 2006 Vintage
Avalon notes: Highly recommended by Avalon! Beaming, burly black plum and black berry fruit picks up leather, anise, bacon, cocoa, and black pepper moving toward the finish. Concentrated and structured, this is a Syrah that tastes better on day two, as the layers of complexity keep pulling you back for another sip. Both previous vintages of Wild Eyed Syrah, 04 and 05, received 92 points from Wine Spectator.
Avalon notes: Did we say Mark Ryan and Willamette Valley? Indeed. Mark loves Pinot noir, and decided to source grapes from Lachini Vineyard to produce four barrels of 2006 Pinot noir, named Black Love after the Cab/Syrah producer's forbidden love of Pinot.
Avalon notes: Huge, toasty aromas of black fruit guide you in to a lush attack of black currant, black cherry, and sweet cedar. The finish has the right amount of grip, balancing the softness on the front end of The Dissident. Powerful flavors of more black currant, mexican chocolate, and vanilla bean resonate on the finish. Once again, Mark takes "dissident" juice--Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah from his top vineyard sources--and turns it into one of the best value reds from Washington State.
Avalon notes: Mark's newest brainchild is a dark and brooding 100% Mourvedre. Showing very tight upon opening, significant air time reveals ripe black berries and black raspberries, black pepper, orange peel, and a sweet licorice note that lifts through the finish. The wine will develop beautifully over the next several years.
Avalon notes: An outstanding example of Viognier. White peach, apricot, orange blossoms and ruby grapefruit provide a lushness that's balanced by rocking acidity. We couldn't help imagining how great seared halibut with an orange beurre blanc would taste with the 2007 Viognier.
Mark Ryan "Wild Eyed" 2006 Case Pack
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