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2006 Powers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage – Review

Powers Winery in the Richland WA, has been producing wines for longer than most other wineries in the state – its legacy extends back to 1982, which for WA is a decently long time. Started by brothers Greg and Bill Powers, they also produce wine under another label called Badger Mountain. It was also one of the first wineries in our state to transition to 100% organic grapes back in 1992 – long before it was the savvy thing to do.

2006 Reserve Meritage: W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Vineyard Sources and Grape Varities: 31% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coyote Vineyard (Wahluke), 22% Merlot from Katharine Leone (Wahluke Slope, Milbrant), 21% Malbec from Goose Ridge (Columbia Valley), 18% Petite Verdot from Alice Vineyard (Wahluke), and 8% Cabernet Franc from the Estate (Columbia Valley)
  • Copperage:  The Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec both were in new wood (French), the rest in 3-4 yr old. 
  • Bottled in August of 2008
  • ph: N/A
  • Alcohol: 14.2% 
  •  240 cases made
  • Price: $35

Nose: Blackberries, tar, pie crust and some herbaceousness.

Taste: Black plum, blackberry and black cherries combined with some leather, sweaty sock, firm tannins and a finish that lingers quite well. This wine should easily lay down for the next 5-10 years. 

2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data: 

  • Vineyard Source: Champoux Vineyard
  • AVA:  Horse Heaven Hills
  • Release Date: 04-01-09
  • Alcohol:14.5%
  • Residual Sugar:0.0
  • Acidity:0.62 
  • pH 3.74
  • Price: $30

Nose: Obvious cherries, blackberries and big league chew, pomagrante, brussel sprouts on the nose along with some vanilla-laced tobacco. 

Taste: I get dried cherry, shoe-leather, dark chocolate, tobacco, anise, not a bad mouth-feel, hints of smoothness and a good finish. This wine would be a natural pairing with prime rib or grilled steaks topped with blue-cheese; however, at it’s price of $30, there are some better values out there – to me this wine is currently bringing about a $20 experience.

Winery website:  www.powerswinery.com

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2005 Efeste Ceidleigh Syrah – Review

Efeste’s Brennon Leighton is a passionate, knowledgeable winemaker whose winemaking kung-fu can best be appreciated by the wines he crafts. He is a great example of what happenes when you combine top-shelf fruit with an incredible know-how in regards to not being too heavy-handed with the process.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the wines he makes as I think he’s offering some extreme goodness for the price-points Efeste is asking and that isn’t too common of a thing these days. All too many wineries get their heads in the clouds and try to overcharge for their wines. We try our best to help you avoid those wines.

The 22005 Ceidleight Syrah is a 100% Syrah, is priced just below the $30 mark and is poised be a kickin’ WA syrah for that price point – let’s see if they hit the mark once again:

Technical Data: 

  • 100% Red Mountain AVA Syrah 
  • 27% New French Oak
  • Vineyards:  54% Ceil du Cheval Vineyard, 40% Klipsun Vineyard, 6% End of the Road Ranch Vineyard
  • pH: 3.90
  • TA (total Acidity): 0.56 grams/100mL
  • Alc/Vol: 15.2%
  • 100% malolactic fermentation
  • Vintage: Aged 19 months in oak.
  • Price: $29


Nose: Wild game, blueberries, bright cherries, an old leather bible and some cedar-box. I’m also getting slight hints of spicey-oak on the back-end but I’m not too worried as there’s plenty of fruit here as well. 

Taste: Firm tannins give way to plent of fruits across the mid-palate – such as: Blueberry, blackberry pie, canned cherries. A super long finsish that tastes like a piece of peppery-bacon-wrapped venison sliding down your throat. The finish on this wine is stellar but a bit on the hot side going down; however, that heat does blow off quite a bit with some decatnering and should become even more subtle as the bottle continues to improve (if properly stored) over the next 3-8 years.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Winery website: www.efeste.com

*Related Reviews:
2006 Efeste “Big Papa” Cab�
2008 Efeste Evergreen Riesling 

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