I went to Walla Walla last week for a truly epic wine field trip. I'm still processing notes on the most memorable, can't-miss wines I tasted. You can be sure you'll be hearing about all of them, beginning today with Corliss Cabernet 2016.
We've praised past vintages of Corliss Cab–all 10 that we've featured over the years–but the 2016 tops them all. It's the most sophisticated, most texturally refined, most downright sexy Corliss Cab. End of discussion. We've always featured their Red alongside the Cab and not to knock the Red, but the Cab is such a standout that it deserves its own feature. Often the Red outshines the Cab in its youth but not the 2016–another reason for this virtuoso Cabernet solo. So here it is, the first (and definitely not last) can't-miss from Walla Walla:
$89.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($99.95 regular)
Us:The nose is absolutely killer–a bowl of black cherries mixed with warm vanilla bean, a pinch of sweet mint, and then some serious deep, dark fruit beneath it. As much as I loved smelling it, the luxurious and caressing feel of the wine is what won me over. Showy, silky, surprisingly supple and elegant, a cascade of classic Cabernet washes over you, building while also finishing remarkably vibrant. I normally recommend holding Corliss Cab for a few years but this deserves to be in your glass sooner. Fantastic work by team Corliss! - Marcus
A huge, deserving 97 points from one of the most conservative-scoring critics in the business, Vinous' Steve Tanzer: "Multidimensional nose melds crushed currant, blueberry, blackberry, violet, licorice and coffee. Boasts extraordinary grain and textural density: plush, broad and savory, saturating every square millimeter of the mouth without leaving any impression of weightiness. Utterly classic Cabernet with serious inherent sweetness to its dark berry, licorice and floral flavors. Finishes with noble tannins, an element of sexy oak spices and incredible mounting length. I found myself wondering if this impeccably balanced wine will ever really shut down in the bottle. Still, it would be a shame not to give it at least a couple years of cellaring when it's released in the fall of 2021."
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