Sporting a medium-gold color, the 2015 La Belle Blonde Chardonnay is a rich, full-flavored effort that gives up plenty of poached pear and butter apple notes in its medium to full-bodied, creamy, rounded style. It picks up subtle floral and toasted nut characteristics with time in the glass and is going to pair nicely with heartier food. Drink it over the coming year.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Mystique is killer wine! Its deep ruby/purplish color is followed by notes of blackcurrants, white chocolate, wood smoke and tobacco. Deep, plush and opulent on the palate, with silky texture, drink this hedonistic, yet perfectly balanced beauty over the coming decade or so.
The base 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon s is another deep purple/ruby colored red from Scott that has considerable elegance in its creme de cassis, lead pencil, toasted bread and black raspberry scented bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, silky and polished on the palate, with terrific purity, it's another gem to drink over the coming decade.
The 2014 Boss Block is, surprisingly, one of the more closed, backward releases in the lineup. With some coaxing, it yields serious notes of black fruits, damp earth, dark chocolate and leafy herbs. These flow to a rich, full-bodied wine that has an expansive, voluptuous texture, gorgeous mid-palate concentration and a great finish. Reminding me of the 2008 Cheval Blanc (it has a voluptuousness on the palate similar to the 2009!), it remains to be seen how well this cuvee evolves, but my money is firmly on it have two decades of longevity. And comparisons and adjectives aside, it's unquestionably the greatest vintage of this cuvee made and should not be missed by readers! 97 Points | Wine Advocate, Issue 231
Always Cabernet Sauvignon based, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc, from the same two blocks, the 2014 L'Orage from Sheridan Vineyard is a seriously good, hedonistic, pleasure bent beauty that does everything right. Cassis, leafy herbs, smoke tobacco, lead pencil shavings and incense notes all give way to a full-bodied, decadent, sexy red that has the concentration and depth to keep for 10-15 years. It tastes like a blend of Pontet Canet and Shafer Hillside Select.
More elegant and classically styled than the more plush, hedonistically-driven L'Orage cuvee, the sensational 2014 Block 1 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up all in new French oak. It's an extraordinary Cabernet from Washington that will easily stand up to the first growths of Bordeaux in a blind tasting. Tobacco leaf, blackcurrants, toasted bread, lead pencil and spice are just some of the nuances here, and it's full-bodied, silky and seamless on the palate, with a fresh, clean, elegant style that just begs to be drunk. I suspect it will put on weight with another 2-3 years of cellaring, and see its 20th birthday in fine form.
The top Syrah of the estate, the 2014 Singularity comes from the estate vineyard located on western side of the Yakima Valley and is brought up all in new oak. In 2014 (as in all vintages), it's a meaty, beefy, smoky wine that always brings to my mind a top Côte Rôtie from the Guigal family. Smoked meats, cured bacon fat, chocolate, blackcurrants and licorice nuances flow to a full-bodied, impeccably balanced, seamless Syrah that has nicely integrated acidity, ripe tannin and a great finish. While it's one of the more approachable vintages for this cuvee, it will still benefit from short term cellaring and keep for 15+ years.