Milbrandt Vineyards
 
Milbrandt is a family business born from a farming background. Now owners of some of the largest vineyard holdings in the state, totalling over 2,300 acres in 13 estate vineyard, Milbrandt entered the wine industry only in 2005, though the vineyards date from a decade earlier. The wines tasted were all solid if rarely hitting any high notes. They were however interesting if only because they afforded me my only tastes of Washington State Primitivo, Petite Sirah, and Mourvedre. 
 
 
A little jasmine, apricot, kiwi and intensely polleny floral aromas greet the nose.  A bit tart on entry, this is simple but bright and juicy with plenty of clean apricot and tart citrus fruit on the palate in a fun, refreshing style. 86pts
 
 
4 grams rs
 
Evergreen Vineyard
 
Honeycomb, dried herb and earth aromas emerge from the glass along with some preachy undertones and hints of mint and diesel. Opening with a nice mineral edge this turns lean and nervous on the palate with lovely lime and lemon and faint pineapple flavors. The sugar is almost imperceptible as the flavors here turn towards green apple on the backend and through the long, zesty finish.  A touch simple but showing nice purity of fruit in a clean,brilliant and refreshing style. 88pts
 
 
Smokey and chocolaty on the nose with oak spice, dried herb, and burnt sugar notes adding some detail though this does veer towards chocolate pudding with some air. Smooth and a touch low acid in style but with enough acid to keep the flavors of black currant well focused. The oak is well integrated on the palate and  tannins are nicely judged though they do turn a bit raw and woody on the backend. Lighter bodied than expected, a bit simple but pleasant and with good ripeness but not a lot of meat on the bones.  87pts
 
 
Fairly big on the nose showing assertive oak base notes, a little nutty and with a lot of nutella accents with some nice herbal framed and almost bell pepper inflected black currant fruits. Broad and a bit fleshy in the mouth but nicely balanced with an easy going personality. This shows some tea, thyme, and chocolate nuance early on the palate followed by black cherry and black currant fruit. the tannins are firm but well managed leading into a moderately long finish that shows a creamy edge. Nicely varietal and easy to drink. 88pts
 
 
25% Cabernet, 24% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Grenache, 9% Tempranillo
 
Dark slightly herbal and oily on the nose with well integrated vanilla toned oak. Showing wild black berry fruit that is bright and fresh on entry, this is full of early raspberry black currant and blackberry fruit on the palate all nicely supported by nice acids. Made in a  clean and fresh style this picks up some mulling spice on the backend. Soft chewy tannins emerge with the spice notes gaining a nice edge of astringency on the moderately long finish which offers a refreshing counterpoint to the sweeter styled fruit of the midpalate. 87pts
 
 
Dark and earthy and a bit oily on the nose with some noticeable oak notes underpinning aromas of brewed tea, carob and spicy garrigue. Moderately big and plump in the mouth with lovely fresh wild strawberry and spicy herb inflected raspberry fruit. A bit more serious than I expected with lovely complexity on the palate, and nice cut on the backend with a long, earthy, spicy and floral finish. 89pts
 
 
Dark and similar in style with the Grenache more than varietally driven though this does show lots of brewed herbal tea, leather and slightly gamy meaty aromas. Lovely on entry, a touch soft perhaps but fresh and juicy enough with a fine blend of black cherry fruit, leather, and vaguely peppery and meat juicy flavors. Tannins are supple and the finish focused and bright, could be a bit richer through the palate but that perhaps is just the vintage, superbly drinkable. 88pts
 
 
Lots of earth, tobacco, and black raspberry fruit, with plenty of underlying oak but it works well here and this seems to be where the house winemaking style is working best. This is bright, firm and focused with plenty of richness and depth to the lovely black raspberry fruit and classic tobacco and herb stem scents. The tannins are well managed but with an appealing edge of austerity and the fruit is super bright showing off some strawberry nuance on the backend and wrapping up with a long, dusty tannic finish. This shows good potential for improvement in the cellar over the short to medium term. 89pts
 
 
Toasty wood spice, coconut and floral aromas show up on the nose along with some briary notes. In the mouth one finds very clear fruit on entry with fine ripe tannins and supporting acids that keep the wild strawberry and brambly blackberry flavors fresh and clear on the palate. There’s a nice bit of creamy and vanilla scented oak helping to frame the fruit in the mouth though the wood tannins do clip the finish. Fine if undistinguished. 86pts
 
 
Chocolate, plum, rose petal and white pepper come together on the nose. On entry this is clear, firm and young with a nice blend of richness, power and juicy transparency. There's a little meaty edge to this in the mouth and again while it's a touch simple it captures the fruit of the variety quite well  without over doing it. Candied red cherry and a bit of rhubarb fruit emerges on the backend, and this is actually in a very bright, red fruited style possibly due to the vintage. A little chunky in the mouth but the moderately long finish shows fine balance and precision. 88pts
 
 
67% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre. Cofermented
 
Smells like the Grenache dark with deep aromas of Bon Mamon raspberry preserves and spicy herbs layered under chocolate oak. Very bright on entry, zesty and with good energy in the mouth, which is transparent and juicy showing nice spicy herb inflected red berry fruit and  edgy little tannins. Wild cherry, plum and black spice flavors emerge on the backend with a hint of leather on the moderately long finish. A very nicely done Rhone styled blend, perhaps a bit chunky but well balanced and attractive. 88pts