Revelry Vintners Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Walla Walla
Happy, merry, gay, gleeful, blissful, carefree, joie de vie, ah, words
that should be apropos adjectives of all holidays. I hope that between December 1st and January 1st, your days are filled with festivities, loved ones, good food, and great wine!
Here is one word you might want to add to your favorite word (and wine) stock pile: Revelry.
Revelry Vintners makes terrific wine. When my husband and friend and I were in Walla Walla this fall, this was one of the wineries we stumbled into that we hadn’t researched and reviewed ahead of time. More often than not, when I venture into a tasting room I haven’t heard of before, if it’s recommended by another tasting room, it’s generally outstanding. I fell in love with a couple of their reds and especially their Riesling, which I plan to review later.
For now, I’m sticking with their grand master red, their 2009 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is a perfect description of Revelry’s style, from the winery (I couldn’t have said it better myself): “Revelry Vintners offers award winning, premium wines with incredible complexity and depth of character. With a tradition of excellence deeply rooted in respect for the dynamic viticulture movement of Washington State, Revelry’s innovative craftsmen embrace a bold, visionary approach to winemaking.”
These were my first impressions I jotted down:
“YES PLEASE! Good structure, a cab with backbone, but still great fruit and a fine overall mouthfeel. Highly recommend, wish I had bought two bottles. 85% Cab, 15% Merlot.”
For those of you who, like me, enjoy a bit more detailed description to enhance the tasting experience, here is an excellent review by Rand Sealey (Review of Washington Wine, August 2012) taken from the winery’s website:
“Combined with 15% Merlot, this is an impressive rendition of Red Mountain Cabernet. Deep ruby colored, it emits seductive aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, cassis, crushed roses, mulberry, sandalwood, cigar box and smoldering incense. The dark fruit flavors are thick and true to variety, underlain with dark chocolate, black licorice, Sumatra roast and Red Mountain scorched earth and minerals. The saturation continues on the back with sensations of macerated berries, kirsch liqueur, and touches of graphite, toasted nuts and toffee, followed by a judiciously (60% new French) oaked moderate tannin finish. Fruit and terroir driven, this is approachable now, but age-worthy for 2-5 years.”
I know this long list of flavors might seem overwhelming and verbose, but really, it’s a spring board for YOU the consumer to appreciate the many nuances and subtleties of this spectacular wine. Some flavors you will pick up on, some you won’t, and that’s OK. It’s meant to give you an idea of what to look for. Kind of like a ballet barre; it gives you the support you need to execute your own personal assessment of the wine once you’re dancing center stage by yourself.
When reading a wine review or tasting notes, keep in mind the writer is following the sequence of how we experience wine in stages; it’s a description of how it’s hitting you. First, when you inhale, then when you sip, where in your mouth it hits and what flavors/textures/characteristics you will notice first, second, third, fourth, and then the finish. It’s almost like a 30 second musical composition, or a poem.
Because of the price, this wine is best suited for special occasions.
As it is Christmas Eve, I urge you to take note of this wine and perhaps use some of your soon-to-be spending money on this special wine. Then revel in what a great selection you made as you enjoy it with friends!
The Rambling Vine 🙂
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Merry Christmas all…
Thank you homerstyle!
Nice, Brenna! 🙂 Nice chatting with you today. I also talked with mom for a while, and Becky for a while. I’m just here working on cards and wrapping a tiny bit of this or that. 🙂 Look forward to tomorrow! Merry Christmas!
A friend of mine found this article and sent me the link. It’s been a while since you wrote this review but thanks for the kind words! I’m happy that you so greatly enjoyed our 2009 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. In the event that you haven’t had our wines recently, I wanted share that we’ve added five more single vineyard, single variety wines to our line-up since then. I’d like to invite you to return to Revelry the next time you’re in the area and see what we’ve been up to. Until then, I hope you’re finding many more Washington wines worthy of such praise.
Feel free to check out our website until you get a chance to come to Walla Walla.
Hi Anthony! Oh, you bet! Next time I am in Walla Walla I would love to try your new wines. You should also be proud to know that this post garnered more views than any other post I’ve written to date. Thanks again for your great wines, I am hoping to get out there in the fall or next spring. 🙂 ~ Brenna
Thanks so much, Anthony! I am really hoping I can get out to Walla Walla in the not too distant future. It’s been too long! 🙂 Thanks for the updates, really appreciate it.