2014 is the 14th vintage of L’Orage I’ve tasted. Unequivocally, with zero exaggeration, the single best L’Orage is the 2014. And I’d say it’s not even close.
Unparalleled in its incredibly sexiness and velvety rich texture -- I literally cannot think of a more attractive Washington red wine. Beautifully supple layers of black and red fruits, purple flowers, a finish that fans out with creamy mocha, tobacco and licorice.
As impossible as it is to resist today, it’s every bit as good after being open for twenty four hours, which bodes well for its age worthiness. I will be stunned if this doesn’t receive a massive score but you know what? It won’t matter, because I guarantee you will love it. - Marcus
Shipping March 1.
Previous vintage notes
Wine Advocate 95 points: "The classic blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, the smokin' good 2013 L'Orage shows lots of Cab Franc character in its forest floor, dried flowers, sappy underbrush and darker fruit driven profile. Picking up more textbook Cabernet notes of lead pencil shavings and cassis with time in the glass, this full-bodied beauty has no hard edges, beautifully polished and sweet tannin, and terrific persistence and elegance on the finish. It's already hard to resist given its seamless personality, yet it will be even better with 3-4 years of cellaring and drink well for over two decades."
2012 vintage notes
Wine Advocate 94-96 points: "The 2012 L’Orage has an up-front, perfumed profile that carries plenty of smoked meats, underbrush, tobacco leaf and black currant fruit to go with a full-bodied, voluptuous and layered profile. Downright sexy, this beauty will be approachable on release and have 15 to 20 years of longevity."
2011 vintage notes
Wine Advocate 93-95 points: "...the 2011 l’Orage is a pretty, yet beautifully concentrated and full-bodied effort that oozes black fruits, currant, flowers and chocolate aromas and flavors. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc that will see close to two years in half new and half used French oak, it shows notable balance and elegance for such a big wine. It should drink reasonably well on release and have over a decade of evolution. Drink 2012-2026."
Luxuriously textured flavors of red plums, black currants and blueberries, shaded by cinnamon, caramel and unsweetened cocoa. The rich texture conceals serious structure on the back-end. This is going to age beautifully over 5-7 years. Highly recommended.
2009 vintage notes
Here Sheridan blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc into royal-purple velvet coat. This will be mind-blowing juice with a little decanting or with a couple years of bottle age. - Marcus
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Wine Advocate 95-98 points: "The 2009 L'Orage, tasted from a barrel sample, is a flashy, exotic offering that appears to be slightly more pleasure-bent than its 2008 sibling."
2008 vintage notes
Wine Advocate 95 points: "The 2008 L'Orage is composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Cabernet Franc aged for 26 months in 50% new oak. Super-fragrant notes of clove, cinnamon, incense, violets, black currant, and blackberry are followed by a wine that deftly combines elegance and power. Concentrated, ripe, and lengthy, this nicely proportioned wine will evolve for 4-5 years and drink well through 2028."