Corliss Estates 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

More than the tight and tannic 2005 Corliss Red, this Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately fragrant and open, with a mix of sweet fruit and sweet oak. Black cherry, cassis, subtle notes of lavender, and a foundation of wet stone are all nicely balanced and surprisingly elegant, given the relatively high (15.1%) alcohol. This wine seems now to be entering its prime time—it benefits from decanting, and will cellar well, but should probably be consumed within the next 2–8 years. Paul Gregutt

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