Two outstanding values from South Lyndale Liquors Spring Sale. Most of their wines are over priced but these two are worth checking out!!!
2014 Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (4/24/2018)
Day 1: Medium purple. Bigger style wine. Nose of cherry, spice, menthol, cedar and mint. Palate is full of flavors including spice, cherry, plum, menthol and chocolate. Medium to long finish and absolutely brilliant wine. Normally I don’t like Andrew Will wines this young but this delivers. I look forward to the evolution over 3 days. 92 plus
Day 2: Little more melow on the nose. Spices, cherry, menthol, cedar and floral notes. Similar on the palate and medium plus finish. Excellent value Cabernet and if it was from Napa $80 plus. 92 points plus. (92 points)
$26.40 with tax included (below market value)
2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (4/22/2018)
Day 1: Opened a few hours ago. Nose of summer sausage, leather, muted fruits. The palate is thin and watered down. Going to hold off on this wine until day 2 as seems flawed. No score.
Day 2: Much more open for business but still not ready to be properly reviewed.
Day 3: Rounding into a significantly better wine. Burnt toast, green olives, raspberries, tobacco and rustic notes. This went from a watered down wine to quite concentrated in flavors. Some smoked meats and sour cherries on the palate. Not a long finish but flavorful. I will be trying this wine on day 4 and 5.
Current recommendation: If you pop and pour this disappointment will set in as many notes indicate. I would have dumped this at a tasting. This is an extremely young wine and will need a decade minimum. 90-92.
Day 4: Many characteristics as day 3 but acidity is sharp. Picking up some nice minerality and subtle spices. Rounding into form as an Old World Rioja wine. 92 plus
Recommendation: Hold for 5 to 10 years. This is why I started doing the 3 day wine review business model. So many of these wines are not pop and pour and this is a prime example of that. How a critic can score this on a quick sample taste is beyond me. (92 points)
$31 with tax