Select barrels were used to create a wine that enhances the essence of the fruit, has cellar longevity, and is perfectly suited for immediate enjoyment. Sundance is a seamless, silky blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes of the coveted Charbonneau, and Ciel du Cheval vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
This vintage is 61% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. A terrific value, with a mix of fresh red and purple fruits that send up fragrant and inviting aromas. The wine is modestly proportioned, but within its boundaries are details of barrel and earth that add life and complexity. The tannins are polished, ripe and delicate.
The 2008 offerings from a vintage Larsen considers slightly below 1999, 2005, and 2007, begin with the 2008 Sundance, a blend of 61% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 22 months in 33% new oak. It offers up a pleasing perfume of cedar, spice box, violets, and assorted red and black fruits. Medium-bodied, elegant, and savory on the palate, it is in need of a bit more depth and concentration. Nevertheless, it is an excellent value in Washington red wine.
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