Charles and Charles, Post No. 35, Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington
Really well-made wines form the USA can be very hard to find and even then can have costs that feel like eye-brow plucking: you know it's for the best, but really, the sensation of loss and hurt remains for some time after...
But, this is a real find!
From up north in Washington state, which is less fashionable than Napa or Sonoma, it is a cooler and fresher style, but has buckets of charm and suave elegance. Blackcurrant flavours from Cabernet Sauvignon with the broad and silky plummy presence of Syrah (not called Shiraz, I reckon, to show a classier and cooler approach to the grape in the winery). The blend is 60-40 and they get it spot on. A pencil-lead note and then subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spice frame the soft and smooth palate and create a very tasty vision of a part of the USA that we should all get to know a little more.
Funny to think that this blend was the norm in Bordeaux for a time in the 19th Century and that it is the bedrock of a large part of Australia's wine industry, yet it is like neither style itself. Gorgeous.
- Red Meats
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Medium Full