Corliss 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon | 96+ POINTS

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The 2013 Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon begins with seductive, dark fruit aromas of dried fig, black cherry and cassis that are infused with notes of sage, menthol, and smoldering incense. The wine is immediately full on entry, with flavors of sweet, sappy black fruits, espresso and crème brulee that gradually give way to more complex, earth-driven characters of sun-dried black olive, licorice root, and gravel. Firm, densely-packed tannins saturate the mouth, effortlessly drawing the palate out to a rich, long-lasting finish.

Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot (percentages not specified)
Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA
Aging: 28 months in oak barrels, 70% new
Winemaker: Andre Trio

96+ Points - Vinous
"(aged in 70% new oak for 28 months; this bottling will be labeled Red Mountain beginning with the 2014 vintage): Bright red-ruby. Extremely primary, pure aromas and flavors of inky cassis, blueberry, licorice and minerals. Tight and high-pitched in the mouth, displaying outstanding depth, energy and minerality but extremely closed in the early going. This huge wine finishes with chewy, late-arriving, toothdusting tannins that will require cellaring, even after the wine is released in the fall of 2018. Corliss has increased its use of tight-grained Saint-Martin barrels in this wine, and it will need a while to absorb the oak. Distinctly cool, even a bit medicinal, for the 2013 vintage, this is likely to be very long-lived. Winemaker Andre Trio told me he added a bit of Petit Verdot "for back-palate texture and finer-grained tannins." -ST, Nov/2016

(94-96) Points - Wine Advocate
"Another incredible effort, the 2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a touch more freshness, as well as complexity, over the straight Colombia Valley blend. Black currants, graphite, leafy herbs and underbrush all flow to a full-bodied, ripe, beautifully textured, balanced red that has notable freshness and a great finish." -JD, 6/30/17


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