2009 Corliss Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It exhibits up-front, ripe aromas and flavors of black raspberry, chocolate ganache, black currants, lead pencil and toast to go with full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. More rounded, up-front and approachable than the straight Cabernet release, it’s a sexy, hard-to-resist red to enjoy over the coming decade or more. The team at Corliss continues to knock it out of the park and they produce serious, rich and pedal- to-the-metal efforts that stay classy and gorgeously drinkable. They need to be on every reader’s short list. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby-red. Aromas of redcurrant, strawberry, cedar, smoke, coffee and sexy herbs. Dense, supple and deep, with impressive chewy concentration to the flavors of red fruits, mint and spicy oak. Offers the breadth of a very ripe year but there's also very good energy here. The sweet tannins dust the front teeth but are nicely covered by fruit on the long, smooth finish. This wine should absorb more of its oak element by the time it's released next fall.