Dear Washington wine fans,
We highly, highly, and dare we add highly recommend aMaurice's new red blend, McCool. Sure, it received a fantastic review from Wine Advocate but you can trust us, the review is entirelydeserving.
$37.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($41.95 regular)
Gorgeous Washington red wine. Something we particularly love about the McCool is the purity of fruit, unadorned by excessive oak or tannin, or anything. It sounds so simple but to taste it in action is to have the revelation. aMaurice winemaker Anna Schafer's style reminds us of Andrew Will, and we can think of no higher compliment. We tasted two bottles, one that was just opened and one that had been open twenty fours hours; we see no reason to delay gratification (cellar) but it clearly has the goods to age for well past a decade. - Marcus and Andy
95 points Wine Advocate: "The finest wine I've tasted from winemaker Anna Schafer, the 2013 Artist Series McCool Blend checks in as a mix of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. Absolutely gorgeous, with an ethereal bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, tobacco leaf and hints of lead pencil, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, beautiful purity, fine, polished tannin and a great finish. It's not a powerhouse, but it shines for its purity, length and sheer pedigree. It should be at its best from 2018-2032."
And before the last bottle is spoken for, last call on this rockstar from Reynvaan...
$73.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($81.95 regular)
A step up from the storied 2013, in our opinion, the '14 has greater fruit intensity and deft power. A handful of bottles remain.
95-97 points Wine Advocate: "In the Rocks Syrah (5% Viognier) sports an inky purple color to go with flat out gorgeous notes of liquid blackberries, violets, earth and spice. Concentrated, ripe and sexy, it should knock your socks off right out of the gate, yet cruise for 15 years in the cellar."