Review: 2016 Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage
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2016 Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – Unctuous, almost gummy at times, this is a lightly sweet expression of cabernet, fruit-forward with ample red and black fruit, touched with notes of violets and ample chocolate sauce on the finish. Not exactly elevated, but it works for a house cab. B / $20
2016 Spoken Barrel Meritage Red Blend Columbia Valley – A bold but approachable red, there’s plenty of tannin here — infused with licorice, gentian, and amaro notes — but it’s tempered by sweetness, with dried fruit, cassis, and just a touch of chocolate providing a respite from the bitter, overwhelming attack. B+ / $20