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2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Rating: 95+ pts

Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry and licorice, with less obvious oak showing today than in the Red Wine blend. Very broad, creamy and dry, boasting terrific verve and grip to its sappy black fruit, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and mineral flavors. Very densely packed and primary today, with the very firm but noble tannins to support a long and glorious evolution in bottle. Winemaker Andrew Trio told me that he has been working hard to “bring back the aromatic qualities” of these splendid wines during their long élevage, noting that they are racked only three times in total.
-- Stephen Tanzer


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2011 CORLISS Rating: 94+ pts

Aromas of cassis, blueberry and licorice are lifted by exotic spices. Outstanding energy leavens the sexy sweetness of this sappy, firmly structured midweight, with intense dark fruit flavors lifted by a violet element. Taut and backward like a topnotch young claret, showing a youthfully tight grain. Finishes long and energetic, with firm but sweet tannins and strong graphite minerality. Clearly the finest vintage to date for this bottling, which will not be released until the fall of 2016 and should evolve positively through the 2020s.
-- Stephen Tanzer


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2012 Corliss Estates Syrah, Columbia Valley Rating: 96 pts

I also loved the 2012 Syrah, and this is clearly a top vintage for this estate. Blended with 3% Viognier and aged 26 months in 40% new puncheons and barrels, it offers an inky color as well as lots of blackberry, smoked, barbecued meats, licorice and pepper. Full-bodied, decadent and layered, yet with awesome purity, it’s certainly not for those craving mid-weight aromas and flavors, but I love it. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming decade.


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2012 Corliss Estates Red Wine, Columbia Valley Rating: 95 pts

The 2012 Columbia Valley Red Wine is another rock star Bordeaux blend that’s made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. It was aged 28 months in 65% new French oak. Notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings and black currants all emerge from this rich, full-bodied and concentrated effort that has a big, layered texture, no hard edges and impeccable balance. It’s slightly more approachable than the straight Cabernet, yet should nevertheless evolve for just as long.


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