A North American Selection from Procure Liquor
Here, I review a new vintage of ‘The Crusher’ Petite Sirah, this label a partnership between the Sebastiani family and grape-growing Wilson family in Clarksburg (www.thecrusherwines.com), and three reds from Washington State, two from ‘Charles Smith Wines’ (www.charlessmithwines.com) and the associated ‘Charles & Charles’ label (www.bielerandsmith.com).
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
The Crusher ‘Grower’s Selection Clarksburg Petite Sirah 2013Other Red from USAReview Date : 18-Nov-2015Dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly rich with ripe aromas of dark raspberries and blackberry fruit, unfolding blueberry and plum jam notes. The aromatics are harmonious in presentation and grow in depth and concentration, showing liquorice and spice interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate s rich and plush with densely packed, sweet and ripe fruit flavours of dark red plums, blueberries, liquorice and spices. The fruit is supported by grainy tannin structure lending a fulsome mouthfeel matching the mouthfilling flavours. There is good underlying alcoholic power that drives the densely concentrated spiced plum flavours to a long, dry, textured finish. This is a fulsome, richly packed, ripe Petite Sirah with plum, liquorice and spicy flavours and plenty of tannin structure. Match with slow-cooked game meat and casseroles over the next 5-6+ years. 97% Petite Sirah and 3% Tempranillo, fruit predominantly from the ‘Lake Winchester’ vineyard, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 60% new oak, 90% French and 10% Hungarian. 18.0/20 Nov 2015 RRP $26.00
Charles Smith Wines ‘Boom Boom’ Washington Syrah 2014Syrah from USAReview Date : 18-Nov-2015A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier from the Colombia Valley, co-fermented to 13.5% alc. with 30% whole clusters, the wine spending 25 days on skins and aged on seasoned oak. Very dark, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim. This has a full, intense, but rounded nose packed with aromas of ripe blueberry and dark-red berry fruits harmoniously melded with dark herbal layers along with jam notes and black minerals. Medium-full bodied, ripe and plush, sweet dark plum fruit flavours are integrated with blackberry and blueberry fruits, jam, and a subtle background layering of dark herbs. The flavours are up-front and the sweetness enhanced by some alcoholic drive. Soft, grainy textures background the fruit and gently guide the palate to an elegantly concentrated, rich finish of liquorice and plum jam. This is a full, sweetly ripe and plush Syrah with black and blue fruits, a complexing herbal layer and fine tannin structure. Match with lamb and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5+ years. 17.5+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $35.00
Charles Smith Wines ‘The Velvet Devil’ Washington Merlot 2013Merlot from USAReview Date : 18-Nov-2015Very dark, deep ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. This has an elegantly proportioned nose of ripe dark-red berry and redcurrant fruit entwined with subtle herbal and dark red floral elements. The nose is fine in presentation and reveals mineral nuances in the glass. Medium-full bodied with a slender body, the flavours of dark red berry and redcurrant fruit are rich and sweet, and complexed by a subtle herbal layer. The mouthfeel is smooth in flow and fine-textured, with balanced extraction and structure. This has good linearity and fine acid tension, leading to a fresh herb and redcurrant-nuanced finish. This is an elegant, redcurranty Merlot with smooth flow and textures. Match with lamb and beef over the next 5-6 years. 99% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Colombia Valley, fermented in tank and 30% new French oak to 13.5% alc. 17.0+/20 Nov 2015 RRP $30.00
Charles and Charles Colombia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2014Blended Red from USAReview Date : 18-Nov-2015A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah from the Colombia Valley, the Cabernet Sauvignon indigenous yeast fermented with whole berries, the Syrah as whole clusters to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 35 days on skins. Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is full and solid with plenty of vinous presence, the aromas of ripe dark-red and blackberry fruit a little restrained in expression, but unfolding layers of plums, liquorice and dark herbs and currants. Medium-full bodied, this has a fulsome and robust palate with mouthfilling flavours of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit entwined with spicy black pepper. The fruit is encased by plenty of tannin structure and the mouthfeel is full and rounded, with density and weight. The acidity is soft, and the wine carries positively to a sweet and long finish of liquorice and plums. This is a full, densely packed and robust, ripe-fruited blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Serve with hearty red meat dishes and hard cheeses over the next 6-7+ years. 17.5/20 Nov 2015 RRP $30.00