Owen Roe 2016 'Yakima Valley' Red Bordeaux Blend, Yakima Valley

Owen Roe 2016 'Yakima Valley' Red Bordeaux Blend, Yakima Valley

Item Number: 12301

UPC: 0-855741002130

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Yakima Valley
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1

This signature Owen Roe red blend is comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. True to its name, this wine represents the best of these varietals from five Yakima Valley vineyards: DuBrul, Elerding, Outlook, Red Willow and Union Gap.

Aging: This wine matures for 23 months in 40% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: This full-bodied Yakima Valley blend displays tremendous aromas of cedar, baking spice, and violets. A profile of blueberry, blackberry, and spice balances smoothly on the palate. Soft tannins linger with hints of pepper. Enjoy now or lay down for 12+ years. This wine will evolve and benefit from patience.

89pts (2017 Vintage) Vinous 12/3/2019
"Pungent yet subdued scents of redcurrant, raspberry, mint, tobacco leaf and herbs. Smooth, subtly sweet and suave in the middle palate, with red fruit and spice flavors accented but not at all overshadowed by tobacco leaf and herbs. This reminded me of a cleaner version of a medium-bodied claret from a lesser Bordeaux appellation. A worthy successor to the very good 2016, which like this wine conveyed an impression of consistent ripeness for a second wine. Very easy to drink, if not especially complex or deep. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins but no hardness."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/15/2018)

    Aromas of cassis, black raspberry, espresso, tobacco leaf and spices. Sappy red and darker berry fruit flavors are enlivened by high notes of spices, flowers and herbs. Offers lovely grain and intensity for an entry-level wine and gives a more consistent impression of ripeness than most entry-level blends. Finishes with smooth tannins, a note of menthol and noteworthy persistence. There's little oak to get in the way of the wine's fruit. Delicious already but should last for at least a few years.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2019)

    Poised and multilayered, with currant, licorice and smoky tarragon accents that build structure toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (12/30/2019)

    Black raspberry, currants and dark plums all waft from the glass of the 2016 Yakima Valley Red Wine, effortlessly giving up soft herbal tones, floral aromas and subtle spice notes. Medium-bodied on the palate, the wine shows a good focus that is slightly rustic, with textured dark fruits and a dusty rockiness on the mid-palate, finishing long with lingering tannins.