Giant Reds in the Style of Leonetti
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from Avalon Wine
The 2007 Washington Wine Awards
published in the April 2007's Seattle Magazine
named Boudreaux Cellars the Best New
Winery of the year and Rob Newsom as the Best
New Winemaker of the year.
A fishing friendship
with Leonetti's Gary Figgins led Boudreaux's
Rob Newsom not only to a midlife career change,
but also to some rarified grape sources and
perhaps a tip or two about making wine.
Boudreaux wines are big, lush, smooth, deeply
complex and very collectible. Rob makes tiny
amounts of wine at his home in Icicle Creek,
using 100% alternative sources of power. Rob
and Tamara Newsom have lived "off the
grid" for two decades in a log home surrounded
by steep, rocky cliffs and within earshot of
the Icicle Creek rapids.
Rob Newsom focuses
on smooth, deeply complex Cabernet Sauvignon with
forays into Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Chardonnay
and Semillon. The winery is named in honor
of Boudreaux, the infamous Cajun folklore character
known for his brilliant sense of humor and
his pursuit of, yes sir, high adventure.
Tamara, Rob, and Roux Newsom
Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet
Dense, complex, chocolate and violets and black
cherries oh my! 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.
The aromas are pure candied
cherries, spices and mixed fruit perfume,
wrapped with luscious dark chocolate--lots
of it! The flavors are concentrated: rich
black and red cherries and cassis with notes
of fresh culinary herbs, giving way to more
lush fruit and cocoa on the long finish. The
texture is full and voluptuous, with powdery
Two words for the Boudreax Cab 2004: well built. The
structure and balance are superb, and the
wine is built for long-term aging. Decant for
near term drinking but plan to give this beauty
a little time in the cellar and you'll have
one of Washington's gems. - Marcus
Rob, says: " Smooth, luscious,
complicated layers of violets, caramel, and
chocolate-covered cherries. Call all your friends!
A classic Washington cabernet. A fruit bomb
from legendary vineyards. The finish of premium
French, Hungarian, and Minnesota oak barrels
with a bonus of an 1800 gallon French oak tank.
(Think long clear sunset seen from the summit
of Mount Rainier.) Fruit low-cropped for intensity.
Made from these vineyards:
Bacchus (Sagemoor Farms), Block 9 Cab Sauv.
40 % Merlot 4%; Champoux, Block 2 Cab Sauv.
11 %; Katherine Leone (Milbrandt), Cab Sauv.
30 %; Wallula, Block 10 Cab Sauv. 10 %; Weinbau
(Sagemoor Farms) Block 13 Cab Franc 5%.
Boudreaux Cellars Merlot 04
The Leonetti influence is clear here as in the Cab, with luscious black fruit, dark chocolate, toast, briary tannins that add complexity, and a long, long finish. Still a bit tight, needs decanting to drink now or cellarable for 6-8 years.
Rob says: "Having lost
all of our usual Walla Walla Valley fruit in
the 2004 freeze we were challenged to build
a merlot which paralleled the 2003 wine. Fortunately
two great vineyards stepped up for us. Bacchus,
part of the venerable Sagemoor Farms and Desert
Hills, the Den Hoed family farm on Snipes Road
near Grandview provided us with beautiful merlot
grapes. The Bacchus Vineyard Columbia valley
fruit is deep, dark and classic. We have some
of the best rows in Block 8. Todd Cameron and
Kent Waliser, Boudreaux addicts, made sure
we got the good stuff. The Desert Hills Block
52 (a good year) was planted in the Yakima
Valley in 1987 on the very shallow soils over
sandstone. Andy Den Hoed and Brett Calhoun
produced fruit for us with bright elegant acidity,
a perfect counter-balance for the deep ripeness
of the Bacchus fruit. For fifteen months I
topped these barrels with syrah just to add
a faint hint of cinnamon-pepper to the recipe."
6 Boudreaux Cabernet Sauvignon 04
6 Boudreaux Merlot 04
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