Wednesday, October 03, 2007
2004 Ash Hollow "Nine Mile"
This proprietary red blend from Washington state contains a mélange of %62 Cabernet Sauvignon, %28 Merlot, and %10 Cabernet Franc. "A team who believes in winegrowing, rather than winemaking." - A quote from their website that I thought was appealing and what I would like to see more of in the "new world" wine industry. The grapes from this wine were picked from two of Ash Hollow's finest Columbia Valley vineyards and formed a bouquet of milk chocolate, blackberry, raspberry, and black cherries. The flavors are powerful and express the typical firm texture of reds from this region; blackberry, black cherry, and cedar all burst out on the front and middle palate but finish pretty short and leave you curious as to why. So much action and fruit forward gush at first but no real finish and complexity. I think this wine is nice and would please the average consumer for the price, so I score the wine 87 points.