Braised beef with mushrooms and carrots
Sultry smoked raspberry, dried strawberry, black currants and plum skin with a hint of vanilla bean, black tea and mocha. Swirling brings a touch of dried herbs and wood spice with sweet red and black fruits. The palate is beautifully framed, with freshness, terrific density, persistent black fruits and silky tannins. Ageable, but the texture of the vintage allows for vibrant early consumption.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot
Stillwater Creek, Bacchus, Dionysus, Quintessence, Canyons, Red Mountain, Pepper Bridge
Fermented in 70% concrete and 30% stainless steel tanks. Aged for 20 months in 65% new French oak.
"The 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot) is largely cut from the same cloth as the Reserve Claret and was my favorite in the lineup. Its deep purple color is followed by beautiful blue fruits, hints of vanilla and oak, good minerality, medium to full body, and a layered, elegant, lightly textured wine that’s already approachable and will keep for 10-15 years or more."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
"Polished and elegantly layered, with expressive blackberry, tarragon and toasted spice flavors that build richness toward refined tannins."
92 points, Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
"This wine is a blend of Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley fruit. Aromas of fresh and dried herbs, raspberry, anise, mocha, green pepper and dark fruit lead to well-balanced fruit flavors that bring a sense of elegance. It's a sophisticated offering of the variety, best suited for the dinner table."
90 points, Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
"Bright ruby. Urgent primary aromas of blackberry, cassis and minerals. Densely packed and juicy; more mineral-driven and less sweet than the Reserve Merlot and more tightly wound today. This very backward, structured, classically dry Cabernet finishes with tannins that reach the front teeth. Winemaker Aryn Morell emphasized that these reserve wines are not made from later-picked fruit, and as my notes make clear, there's nothing overripe about them."
91+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
"Made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley bursts from the glass with a core of ripe and juicy dark fruit framed by plums, blackberry and wild cherry, before aromas sweet oak fill the nose with supporting scents of red and purple flowers, espresso bean and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich and correct with chewy tannins, focused balance and supporting, structuring energetic acidity. The wine delivers pleasure, lingering with a lasting finish and good complexity. Only 405 cases were produced. I’d like to revisit this wine in three to five years' time."
91 points, Anthony Mueller, The Wine Advocate