2012 Revelry Cabernet Sauvignon, Dionysis Vineyard D11 Block – Walla Walla
I have a fondness of Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons (along with Rhone varietals, Chardonnays, and most everything else produced there.) So the Revelry D11, which comes from a specific block (11) of the venerable Dionysus Vineyard, was an instant hit here at home. This Cab, and many from this area, possess a bit less tannin and weight than do a lot of California examples. What you get is a wine that will be drinking well sooner, and one that expresses a bit more of the terrior of Eastern Washington.
The D11 expresses a bit of stone and cherry in the nose, with both of those sensations coming through in the palette as well. The tannin is velvety soft and the fruit is moderate, not overwhelming. This wine will cellar, but is drinking very nicely now. This is a good thing, as I really want to drink it now! This is a really good way to get yourself into a single-vineyard Walla Walla Cabernet at less-than big prices from some of the other red houses.
T-Scale: 92 points
Price: $65, not cheap, but worth it
2011 vintage: 92 Parker, 86 WE – can’t say why there is a big difference there. The 2012 seems to be a better vintage all around in Washington, however. I expect those points to go up for the 2012. I say drink it now