Many good buys on the Haskell’s Wine Sale.
I have moved a ton of this wine at my corporate events. Make sure you apply the tasting process and you will love it.
2014 Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (4/19/2018)
Day 1: Subtle nose of cherry, dust and plum. On the palate some nice spices, cherry, plum, dust and cedar notes. Palate exceeds the nose and is full of flavor. Finish is medium plus and good acidity. This is a well made Washington State wine without the over oak treatment. 90 points
Day 2: Similar to day 1
Day 3: Nose is lacking again in relationship to the palate. It does pick up some black licorice. The palate is bursting with flavor and swirling this wine open pouring is a must. Asian spice, black currants, crushed rock, violets and sour cherries. Good acidity and flavorful finish. Medium plus. This is an outstanding value.
Day 4: A rare day 4 follow-up. A bit more fruit showing through on the nose. Really nice balance to the wine and more so than the previous 3 days. 91+ points
Recommendation: I would cellar this for a few years. If you plan on drinking now 3 hour plus decant. 91 points $21.99
2013 Terlato Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford – USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford (4/21/2018)
A bit tight but their is a great wine that will emerge over time. Blueberries, cherry, oak, chocolate and dust. Medium plus finish. Decant this for 3 hours. (92 points) 2 for $70
2016 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (2/18/2018)
Day 3 review: I have been recommending this wine for about 9 years locally and it is one of the top whites for under $12 in the Minneapolis market. Nice mix of sweetness and acidity. Peaches, chalk, sour apple and subtle spices. Very well made and refreshing. Drink now on day 1 or enjoy up to 4 days. Excellent value. (88 points)
2015 Domaine Michel Poinard Crozes-Hermitage – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage (12/31/2017)
My friend Jon was pouring this at Haskell’s and this is outstanding for $20. Funk, raspberries, stones and earth. Complex wine and medium to long finish. This should age nicely for 5 to 10 years. Wonderful wine to end 2017. (92 points) $20
2015 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (1/1/2018)
Day 1 Review: Nice color with underbrush, violets, gravel and raspberries. Picks up a mint flavor on the finish. Medium plus finish and good concentration. A really well made wine. 90 points
Day 2 Review: Very similar to day one but a little more intense on the palate with the underbrush more present. A little heat also. Really not a major difference and could see this aging five plus years. 90 points
Day 3 Review: More integrated wine which tells me a few years of aging will not hurt this wine. Nicely balanced with red fruits, spices, rose petals and firm tannins. Medium plus and concentrated wine. This under $20 shows that some wines truly do benefit with a day 3 review and some aging. Five plus years ahead. 91 points (91 points)
Others to sample
N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial (France, Champagne) $29.98
2012 Les Lauriers des Domaines Edmond de Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Montagne-St. Émilion) $19.99
2014 Delas Frères Côtes du Rhône (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône) $10.99
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley) $18.99