Apex Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 35 2013

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Apex Cellars Website

Apex Cellars at Total Wine & More


Aaron:  This bottle was great!  If you get a chance to visit the winery in eastern Washington….you should.  The nose is solid with a traditional balance of fruit, wood, and vanilla.  There are good, bold flavors and the PERFECT balance of tannins.  These combine for a great body that is fruity but not too juicy.  Granite rocks in the background add complexity while the predominant blackberry flavor makes this a winner.  92 points

Teri: Rich berry nose of raspberry and cassis. Round full mouthfeel on the wine itself with rich but very smooth tannins; aging has done this bottle well. Predominate flavors of ripe raspberry and plum balanced out with some minerality and mossy oak. This is a hearty wine. Serve it with hearty red meats and rich sauces. 90 points

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Longwave Syrah 2013

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Purchased from Lot 18/The Tasting Room

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Aaron:  This started with weedy, thorny vines on the nose and finished with a fruity, raspberry flavor.  there was lots of bark and some allspice but this was still easy drinking.  The red pear and mushrooms throughout make this versatile and pleasant.  90 points

Teri: There are pencil shavings on the nose and baking spice, plum, and raspberries on the flavor. Juicy fruit with some balanced sweet tobacco and leather. 90 points 

Portteus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

IMG_1024.jpgTotal Wine & More (general cab sav), $12.49

Purchased from the Portteus tasking room; Portteus Website, $20

Wine.com, $20.00


Aaron:  This is unbelievable for a $20 bottle.  Fresh tobacco leaves on the nose dance with black currant and vanilla beans.  The fruity flavor is mild with good body and appropriate tannins.  Lots of cocoa and vanilla make this luscious and easy to drink for hours.  Delicious.  92 points

Teri: This bottle has a nose of pepper and bing cherry. The flavor is smooth but hearty, good tannins, and I could taste juicy berry, cassis, and a little bit of leather. Great quality for a 20 dollar bottle. 91 points 

Van Camp Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Van Camp Website, $35


Aaron:  Another great Van Camp bottle.  Dark blackberries with olives and smoke on the nose.  A juicy, full flavor makes me know I’m drinking one of Jim’s wines.  The finish is full of smooth vanilla which is a perfect complement to the prominent but not overpowering oak.  91 points

Teri: Juicy nose of raspberry and cinnamon. Flavors of baking spices, red apple, and chocolate covered cherries. Medium tannins and a smooth but full finish. This wine is hearty but not overly heavy and would pair well with rich creamy sauces and meat dishes. One of the best so far from Van Camp (our favorite local small winery).  90 points