95+ points Vinous: "Blackberry, licorice, wild herbs and bitter chocolate on the nose, with some complicating savory notes. Fine-grained, glossy and superconcentrated, boasting bulletproof flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder and sexy Taransaud spices complicated by a subtle savory quality. This very dark, brooding wine is still an infant but already delivers noteworthy sex appeal owing to its velvety claret-like texture. Finishes with big, sweet tongue- and tooth-dusting tannins and terrific mounting length."
96+ points Jeb Dunnuck: "loads of cassis, blackcurrants, charcoal, graphite, and cedar aromas and flavors. Like the Red Wine, it's structured, tannic, and concentrated, and needs to be hidden in the cellar."
2012 vintage notes
97 points Wine Advocate: "A wine that I would put up there with the crème de la crème of Washington State Cabernet is the 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Corliss, which is insanely good and does everything right. It is made from 97% Cabernet and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 28 months in 70% new French oak. It’s saturated ruby/purple color is followed by fabulous notes of crème de cassis, toasted spice, chocolate and tobacco leaves. These give way to a full-bodied, seamless and layered 2012 that has fabulous purity and freshness, a big, rich mid-palate and sweet tannin that emerge on the finish, all suggesting it will have a long life. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and drink over the following two decades. Bravo!"
2011 vintage notes
95+ points Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with less obvious oak showing today than in the Red Wine blend. Very broad, creamy and dry, boasting terrific verve and grip to its sappy black fruit, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors. Very densely packed and primary today, with the very firm but noble tannins to support a long and glorious evolution in bottle. Winemaker Andrew Trio told me that he has been working hard to “bring back the aromatic qualities” of these splendid wines during their long élevage, noting that they are racked only three times in total."
2010 vintage notes
95+ points Wine Advocate: "Also brilliant, with fantastic concentration and richness, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of toast, chocolate and tobacco leaf intermixed with dark currant and plum-styled fruit. Full-bodied, structured and seamless, with building tannin and integrated acidity, give it a few years in the cellar and enjoy over the following 15-20 years."