Soos Creek Wine Cellars
24012 172nd Ave SE
Kent, Washington 98042
David and Cecile Larsen,
"These wines are under-priced for their quality"Stephen Tanzer Reviews in November, 2015 Issue of Vinous
2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard – This is our favorite vintage since 1999. The extremely small berries produced a very dark and concentrated wine with delicious flavors and excellent structure from the well-balanced tannins and acid. This vintage is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc.
2015 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) – This is our first reserve-styled wine that we have produced since 1999. It is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. It has abundant but unobtrusive tannins, excellent concentration and the supply is very limited.
2015 Sundance Red Wine – This vintage is a blend of 43% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Cabernet Franc. It’s delicious flavors and approachable style have made it a perennial winner or finalist for Best Red Blend in Washington State Under $25.
2015 Artist Series Red Wine – This vintage is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot from the Ciel du Cheval and Dineen vineyards. The Cab provides the structure and the Cab Franc adds flavor complexity and superb aromatics. The beautiful artwork is by Seattle artist, Tony Angel.
2014 Soleil Red – A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot, this offers aromas of high-toned red fruit, French-oak spice and herbs that lead to luxurious but still in-check dark-fruit flavors. Tart black-tea accents persist on the finish. 90 points – Sean Sullivan, 8/1/17 Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2014 Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc – Bright medium ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, licorice, brown spices, leather and mocha are complicated by a whiff of dried flowers; a rather full-blown version of Cabernet Franc, not showing the lift of the Artist Series. Lush and smooth on the palate but with little easy sweetness to its flavors of dried plum, leather and herbs. 90 points – Stephen Tanzer, Oct., 2017 Vinous Magazine
2014 Palisades Merlot – Bright medium red-ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of plum, cherry, chocolate and spices, plus a note of graphite minerality. Densely packed and sweet but juicy too, conveying a light touch to its very supple flavors of red and purple fruits, tobacco and violet. This seamless midweight offers lovely palate presence without heaviness. Finishes with sweet tannins and subtle, slowly building length and lingering perfume. Superb Washington Merlot with a well-judged Cabernet contribution. 91 points – Stephen Tanzer, Oct., 2017 Vinous Magazine
2014 Terrible Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon – Bright medium ruby. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of cassis, black plum, licorice and spices. Juicy and youthfully tight but already conveys lovely inner-mouth lift and floral high tones to its flavors of blackcurrant, spices and graphite minerality. There’s a saline complexity here, as well as the subtle sweetness that the Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc lacks. Still a bit youthfully clenched but already saturates the palate with dark berry and mineral flavors. Finishes with serious but well-buffered horizontal tannins and excellent energy and length. The graphite note repeats on the aftertaste. 92 points – Stephen Tanzer, Oct., 2017 Vinous Magazine
2014 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine – Healthy bright ruby. Aromas of plum, cherry, tobacco and alluring brown spices. More red fruits than black on the palate, with redcurrant, herb and licorice flavors complemented by a sexy earth note; with aeration, darker notes of blueberry, licorice and lavender emerged. The young-vine tannins are a bit edgier than those of the Terrible Beauty Cabernet but make their presence felt later. This savory, reasonably fine-grained wine should be a late bloomer. 91+ points – Stephen Tanzer, Oct., 2017 Vinous Magazine.