Saviah Jack – Round-up

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.saviahcellars.com

A lot of wineries have figured out that in order to grow revenue, coming up with a quality second-label at the sub-$20 price-point is a great idea. Even though Saviah has been lavished in praised by both fans and crititcs, owner/winemaker, Richard Funk launched the “Jack” line of second-label wines a few years ago and has seen it really help pick up with widespread acclaim.

 

2010 Jack Riesling – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data: 

  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Evergreen Vineyard
  • pH: 3.12TA: 8.4 g/100mL
  • Residual Sugar: 1.79%
  • Alcohol: 12.4%
  • Price:  $15

Nose: Lemon curd, kiwi, papya, granite, oyster shell, wet stone, pear and fuji apple.

Taste: This is a very “well-rounded” riesling in that it’s one that will cater to a HUGE audience – it’s not bone dry and not too sweet at all. Think of it as the bed that Goldilox fit “perfectly” into. Subtle “roundness” to it with enough acidity to keep it from seeming “flabby”. The mid palate is super “bright” without being “candified” (i.e. too much sugar), yet the finish feels nice and off-dry. A solid riesling that will easily placate well to a wide audience.

2010 Jack Cabernet Sauvignon – W.E.P. Rating: 120%

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Bacchus Vineyard, Seven Hills Vineyard, Mirage Vineyard
  • Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Frac
  • pH: 3.71
  • TA: 0.57 g/100mL
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Price:  $18

Nose: Black currant, tinderbox cigar shop, dark cocoa, leather glove, bramble, pencil lead and black cherry.

Taste: Beautiful, balanced flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, bramble berry, dark chocolate, spice, leather, tobacco and tar. I really appreciate the tannin and acids acros the mid palate which really do a lot – quite easily the best-tasting WA cab that I’ve had for the money.

2010 Jack Red Wine – W.E.P. Rating: 110%

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Stone Ridge, Mirage Vineyard McClellan Estate Vineyard, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Destiny Ridge, Frenchmen Hills Vineyard
  • Composition: 80% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec,
  • pH: 3.63
  • TA: 0.59 g/100mL
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Price:  $18

Nose: Black cherries, black raspberries, cigar wrapper, old socks, leather, pipe tobacco, leather and a hint of shoe polish.

Taste: Plum skins, raisins, pepper corns, blueberries, game, beef jerky, pie crust, black mud and tar. This is one heullva glass of wine for the money – it’s so on-point in regards to its overall complexity, drinkability and food-friendliness that it’s really hard to fault it. For $18 – it is in fact a total no-brainer and shows that Washington State can easily compete with the likes of Spain or Argentina at this price point.

2010 Jack Syrah – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Lewis Vineyard, Stillwater Creek Vineyard, Songbird Vineyard, Ranch at the End of the Road, Elephant Mountain Vineyard
  • Composition: 75% Syrah, 21% Sangiovese, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet franc
  • pH 3.75
  • Total Acidity 0.55 g/100mL
  • Alcohol 14.3%
  • Cooperage: 100% American oak barrels – 20% New
  • Production: 980 Cases
  • Price: $18

Nose: Charred wood – an almost burnt match-like aroma – is what I’m getting right off the bat. This is followed by smells of root beer, black cherry, pencil lead, leather and shoe polish.

Taste: Super tight tannins speak to the youth of this wine – they are nicely complimented by dark fruits, a splash of wild game and nice acids. This is a young Syrah that shows good potential to be even better in 2-3 more years – until then, decant it and enjoy. The finish isn’t nearly as long as I’d prefer but overall not a bad wine at all for the money.