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Soos Creek Cabernet Champoux Vineyard 2010


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This wine is one of the very few "sure things" in Washington wine, and it makes me shake my head in disbelief. How does Soos Creek make such an amazing Champoux Cab for the price? Just look around at its peers and you'll find double-priced wines (or more) in all of them. A classic Champoux profile of black cherry, cassis, and a dollop of blueberry, with a lush attack. Finishes with savory/sweet marriage of grilled herbs, cherry candy, a dark cocoa. I find it irresistible now but ultimately a couple years of age will make it even better. - Marcus

This vintage is a blend of five blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) plus Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The character of this wine has been called “aristocratic” or “classy” by the critics – that ephemeral character resulting from a combination of power, concentration, lush texture and nuance. - the winery

There was no 2011 Champoux vineyard wine due to a severe freeze in 2010.

2009 Vintage

The 2009 Soos Creek is THE best deal in Champoux Cab. Powerful black cherry and cassis has shadings of bramble and herbs. The staggeringly delicious Champoux fruit is carried through the finish by sweet tannins. Immensely drinkable now and cellar-worthy for the next 3-6 years. This year's blend is a whopping 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Cabernet Franc.

Man oh man - you have to be kidding me! Very Champoux - huge, super-inviting flavors of black cherry, cassis and blueberry are incredibly juicy, playing off a sage note on the supple, perfectly integrated finish. Here's the win-win: this will drink fantastically from the day it arrives, and has outstanding balance to age for years. - Marcus

Read about Paul Champoux and Champoux Vineyard

Champoux Vineyard and Paul Champoux

2008 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Supple and velvety in texture, brimming with beautifully articulated plum, blackberry and currant fruit, nicely shaded with hints of rosemary and coffee. Shows elegance and power. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2018. - H.S.

From the same vineyard that makes Quilceda Creek Cab and Andrew Will Sorella comes this indie-sensational Champoux Cab. Soos Creek's winemaker started purchasing fruit from Champoux Vineyard as an amateur winemaker and was able to continue to get Champoux's very in-demand fruit when he started a winery.

Marcus likes Soos Creek - Champoux. Ciel du Cheval. You can argue that there are better vineyards in Washington, but you won't likely win. Reds from these two vineyards always command hefty prices...almost always, that is. Soos Creek Champoux and Ciel du Cheval reds give new meaning to the term "value." These two wines, with their amazing Cabernet backbones, are the best priced Washington big reds.

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Delivering lipsmacking, balanced, age-worthy Cab for $36 isn't easy, but Soos Creek nails it. To me, the hallmark of Champoux Cabernet is the big, beautiful black cherry core. Soos Creek's Cab adds sweet blueberry and blackberry with vanilla mocha and dried herbs. Supple and totally delicious.

The Champoux Vineyard is the primary source used by Quilceda Creek Vintners to produce their 100 point Cabs in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Total production of this winery is about 800 cases in a good year.

2006 Vintage

2006 Wine Advocate - - The 2006 Champoux Vineyard was aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak. Pain grille, spice box, black currants, black cherry, and blackberry aromas are followed by a smooth textured wine with layers of fruit, savory, spicy flavor, and impeccable balance. It will evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026. - Jay Miller

2005 Vintage

2005 Wine Advocate - 92 points - The 2005 Champoux Vineyard received 65% new oak for 18 months. More saturated in color, it is a more opulent, succulent effort than the 2005. Nicely endowed and beautifully balanced, it will be at its best from 2014 to 2030. - Jay Miller

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