Top Washington Reds: L'Ecole, Abeja, Cayuse

In only six vintages, Ferguson has become not only L'Ecole's best wine but one of Washington's best wines. We remember vividly when the first Ferguson, 2011, shocked the wine world by winning Best Bordeaux Blend in the world at Decanter's international wine competition. Vintages to follow have been every bit as great and we'll argue, especially in the case of the 2016, better.

Fresh off a huge new review yesterday from notoriously stingy wine critic Stephen Tanzer, whose top scoring wine in his annual Washington report was 97, grab it while you can!

$62.05 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($68.95 regular)

95 points Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: "Aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, musky tobacco and pungent minerality are lifted by a floral note, plus a hint of brown spices that may come from some iron in the soil. Boasts lovely inner-mouth sweetness and silkiness of texture, with its purple and black fruit flavors lifted by spices and showing a superb light touch. Perhaps most impressive on the wonderfully spreading back end, where the suave tannins are totally buffered by the wine's mid-palate material. This is just the sixth release for this wine, and the best to date."

Us: This is an awesome bottle of wine! Fantastic fruit and class to spare, it's beautifully balanced in the usual meaning of the term and also in that can be opened and loved at this early stage or aged for 10+ years. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec.
Another Washington red which has received doubly glowing praise is Abeja's 2016 Cab. Double 94s!

$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($64.95 regular)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers finesse and structure, with elegantly expressive blackberry, basil and black olive flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028."

94 points Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: "Sexy perfumed lift to the aromas of cassis, black cherry, raspberry, mocha, menthol, licorice and violet. Wonderfully broad and mouthfilling but conveys an impression of weightlessness; all in finesse but there's no shortage of stuffing here. Intense flavors of red and darker fruits, milk chocolate and spices show a clever light hand with the oak (70% new French). Richer and more pliant than the 2015 version, and also better balanced. The very long, slowly mounting finish saturates the palate with a complex perfume of fruits, flowers and spices and noble tannins. Like the Merlot, this is not an obvious powerhouse but a classy, utterly seamless wine with a light touch." 

So yes, that's a Cayuse bottle. And yes, this is a Cayuse offer. As you would/should expect, quantities are on the super-limited side of limited (we're talking handfuls) and as such, you must submit a request as opposed to the normal ordering process. Requests that are part of a balanced/case order will be prioritized.

The wines: Armada Syrah 2016 ($169.95) and
Cailloux Syrah 2017 ($149.95).