Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Desert Wind Ruah 2005

  • Area: Washington State, Columbia Valley
  • Grape: 45% Merlot, 40% Cab Sauv, 15% Cab Franc
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Rating: Black 93, Dilettante 94
Description: The nose on this wine captivated and fascinated both of us. Scents of dark earth, raspberry, blueberry, wood and vanilla melded into a single, fabulous aroma. Black said, "It gets a 90 for the nose alone." The taste didn't disappoint. Dense flavors of cherry, spice, chocolate, sage, dark roasted coffee beans filled the mouth with lots of old world softness and just enough new world brightess to balance it out beautifully. Lush, ripe and complex with a touch of pecan for an added earthy sweetness. The finish was long and dry with notes of blueberry and herbs. Impressive with and without food. Decanting not required. This was great with spaghetti.

Price: $18

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