New 98 Point Cab, 97 Point Syrah: The Walls!

Our day began early (4:54 am!) with the arrival of our favorite Washington wine reviewer's annual report. There's a mountain of great reviews from Jeb Dunnuck and today we're kicking it off with Walla Walla's The Walls—their bold and beautiful reds have incredible scores and compared to the handfuls of similarly scored wines in Dunnuck's report, they are superb values. What's The Walls' secret? Todd and Carrie Alexander, the same duo responsible for the awesome Force Majeure wines. Curiositas Cab '19 is mind-blowing and $50 less than all of the 98-point Cabernets in Dunnuck's report. Gaspard Syrah '19 will leave you weak at the knees. New customer favorite Stanley Groovy is a unique wine and a fabulous value. Washington wine fans: get to work!

$71.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($79.95 regular)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Aged in 75% new French oak, it sports a dense ruby/purple hue to go with a brilliant bouquet of cassis and blackberry-like fruits as well as spicy oak, chalky mineral, spice box, and smoked tobacco. It's purity of fruit is spot on, it has full-bodied richness, a balanced, layered mouthfeel, ample textbook Red Mountain tannins, and obvious structure. I’d put this beauty up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Hide bottles for 3-4 years if you can, and I wouldn't be surprised to see this evolve for well over two decades."

Us: Todd is a Cabernet whisperer, having cut his teeth at Napa's Bryant Family and now applying his mastery to Washington Cabernet. What's so impressive about his wines–especially his Cabs–is the refinement. It's easy to get big Washington fruit but taming it, making it into a velvety masterpiece, that's where Todd thrives. 2019 is the best yet!

$62.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($69.95 regular)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Certainly one of the standouts in the lineup...Its deeper plum/purple hue is followed by a youthful yet incredible nose of darker berry and cassis-like fruits as well as notes of chalky mineral, spicy oak, violets, and peppery herbs. As pure and seamless as they come, it's medium to full-bodied, has flawless balance, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly over the following decade or more."

$29.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($32.95 regular)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Stanley Groovy is an eclectic blend of 28% Touriga Nacional, 18% Syrah, 15% Souzao, and the rest a mix of Tinta Cao, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Counoise, Cabernet Franc, and a few others. It sports a deep ruby/plum color as well as a juicy, delicious, medium to full-bodied, fruit-loaded style to go with a great nose of red, blue, and black fruits as well as spicy oak, tobacco, and peppery herbs. It's balanced, has silky tannins, and is just one heck of a delicious red to drink over the coming 4-5 years or more."

Us: We could give you 100 guesses about which grape varieties make up Stanley Groovy and we’re sure you wouldn’t guess it. We wouldn't either! This unique blend is a one-of-a-kind from Washington...and likely anywhere else, too. But unique isn’t enough. It has to be yummy and boy, does this deliver in the yum department.