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Friday, March 12, 2010

2006 Saviah Cellars "The Jack"

This Columbia Valley red blend had such a cool label that I thought I would purchase it at my local wine shop. Oh, and if you're not shopping at your local mom & pop wine shop shame on you!

Anyways, this wine is composed of 88% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Syrah. The grapes were sourced from various vineyards throughout Yakima, Walla Walla, and the general Columbia Valley AVA. The wine was aged in 100% American oak (30% New) and is a total production of 3500 cases.

On the nose I get aromas of concord grape jelly, candied blackberry, coco powder, plum, and hints of spicy oak. It's fun to smell a wine aged in all American wood! To me it imparts a lot more aroma into the wine and seems even a bit clumsy.

On the palate the wine maintains it's candied, fruit-forward approach and displays flavors of mixed berry, cedar box, and a slight tinge of bitter walnut. It's relatively light for a wine that is built with such varietals and quite honestly finishes a bit awkward and out of focus. It's kind of hodgepodge to be honest.... 83 points

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