Desert Wind "Sandstorm Series" Mixed Reds
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@klezman Lab Rat Reporting the Cab is a good to great value at case pricing drink now or let sleep until 2030 or beyond and see if it’s blossomed or fallen apart.
@briancurrie highly recommends the robust and complex Merlot in a Lab Rat Report blackberry and vanilla with hints of chocolate and tobacco. The mouth feel was silky.
@WAwine Lisa Lawrence with Gard with a Note from the Vintner fills us in on some of the backstory of the associated vineyards and wineries.
About the Sandstorm Series
2016 Desert Wind Zephyr Red Blend, Sandstorm Series
2016 Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon, Sandstorm Series
Double gold medal - Seattle Wine Awards 2020
Double Platinum - Wine Press Northwest Magazine “Best of the Best” 2020
2016 Desert Wind Merlot, Sandstorm Series
$960.00/Case for 4x 2016 Desert Wind Zephyr Red Blend, Sandstorm Series + 4x 2016 Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon, Sandstorm Series + 4x 2016 Desert Wind Merlot, Sandstorm Series at Desert Wind Winery
About The Winery
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Monday, Jan 23 - Wednesday, Jan 25
Desert Wind “Sandstorm Series” Mixed Reds
3 bottles for $99.99 $33.33/bottle + $2.67/bottle shipping
Case of 12 for $299.99 $25/bottle + $1/bottle shipping
2016 Desert Wind Zephyr Red Blend
2016 Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Desert Wind Merlot
2016 Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon
Sandstorm Series, Estate Grown, Wahluke Slope
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
14.5% ABV, 120 cases produced
This arrived last week - delightfully early even with UPS losing it for a day en route, and we decided it needed some red meat to go with it. Cue a lamb rack…yum!
First glass @ 6:45pm
When I pulled out the nice long cork, it was immediately clear there was plenty of sediment on the cork and in the neck. After cleaning out the neck I poured the first couple tastes through a fine mesh wine strainer to catch additional tartrate - this turned out to be a good move.
On to the wine! The aromas immediately popped out of the bottle with a delightful plum. On pouring the first tastes it retained the plum but added in other ingredients, the most prominent of which is vanilla/butterscotch/oak. At this point it reminded me of the 2014 Bell Cabernet, which I found remarkably oaky.
First sips are, thankfully, less obviously oaky than the nose at this point. Fresh fruit, plenty of density, nice acidity, and while it’s obvious there’s a bunch more going on it’s hard for me to pinpoint anything immediately. The finish is also a nice length.
As this sat in the glass for 25 minutes the oak seemed to integrate a bit better and become more of a voice in the choir rather than trying to overpower. This, to me, bodes well for this wine’s future prospects. Further swirling and sniffing brings out more of the herbal characteristics, led by mint and maybe rosemary. The palate is getting more fruity and less oaky as well. All good signs, imo, for a wine that was too oaky for me on opening.
Glass #2 - 8:00pm
Yeah, getting the kids into bed can take time! Glass two started out with the same oaky impression as the first, but the time slowly getting air in the bottle meant that it shed that overt oak more quickly and settled into a smoother and more easy drinking version of itself while still keeping much of its personality. Although as this glass wore on, although the aromas kept their herbal interest, the palate got a bit more generic. Finish remains long, maybe getting longer than before, and everything else seems to be integrating nicely. I sure hope this wine doesn’t collapse by the end of the bottle!
OK, after this we stopped the more meticulous note-taking and just enjoyed this with our rack of lamb. It was a good pairing, with neither the wine nor the meat overpowering the other. The wine never firmed up as I thought it would with air. Instead the tannins just stayed soft and silky, strangely enough. I’m not sure what that means for the ageability of this wine. It never collapsed as I feared it might, but it’s hard to say it will go another decade.
Seeing the SRP and CM pricing I’d say this is a good to great value at the case price, depending on your stylistic preferences. You can certainly drink this now, but if your tastes lean to less oak-forward wines you’ll want to let this sleep for a year or three to see what happens or be sure to give it a bit of air. If you’re a case buyer, it would definitely be worth the experiment of letting a bottle of this sleep until 2030 or beyond and see if it’s blossomed or fallen apart.
And of course, thank you to WD and Alice for sending a bottle our way. It’s always a fun “job”!
Lamb rack waiting for the oven alongside a tasty wine!
@klezman Need to put a rack in the queue…
@kaolis It’s never a bad choice! I forgot to take an “after” picture. It was rare-medium rare throughout after 20 minutes at 425°F. We forgot to save some wine for a day 2 taste since they just went together that easily.
How much more are you saving by buying a full case?
(Note: tax and shipping are not included in savings calculations).
2016 Desert Wind “Sandstorm Series” Mixed Reds - $100 = 24.99%
The bottle of 2016 Sandstorm Series Merlot from Desert Wind arrived Friday night due to weather delays. I was very excited to receive a bottle to review right before the holiday. We decided that it would be a perfect bottle for our Christmas Eve dinner. We opened the bottle to have a little taste when we began preparing the steaks. The nose was beautiful, blackberry and vanilla. I poured a little bit to taste before our meal. The first sip was very nice, hints of berry that was on the nose came out in that first sip. The color was a deep rich red. We let the bottle sit while we finished preparing dinner. The wine paired beautifully with our NY strips. The wine was robust and complex. With dinner I was getting still getting the blackberry, but added to that were hints of chocolate and tobacco. The mouth feel was silky. I highly recommend this wine.
Owners noted above (Lawrences own Gård btw) bought the winery in 2021, this was produced by Fries Family Wines. A little blurb here
Reverse Wine Snob offered a 2 pack earlier this month, the Cabernet and Merlot, for $60. Had this to say about the Merlot:
…opens with a very attractive and enticing aroma of blackberry, cedar, baking spice and licorice. It only takes one sip to know this is a truly great example of Washington State Merlot. Smooth, extremely tasty, and a bit chewy the wine offers more dark fruit, which is juicy in the mouth, along with touches of cocoa, black tea and a little tobacco. This one also has great structure and balance and a smooth, silky mouthfeel. It ends dry, very long and a bit grippy and was very similar on day two."
and the Cab from rws:
“…opens with a very pleasing aroma of ripe dark berry fruit, lovely vanilla and sweet spice, and touches of tobacco and graphite. It’s a wonderful start. The wine tastes absolutely lovely, offering great structure, excellent balance and lots of very well integrated spice throughout. With a smooth, silky mouthfeel and similar flavors to the nose, this is super delicious. It does benefit from a little time to breathe - it opens up magnificently after a couple hours - so plan appropriately if you are drinking it soon.
It ends dry, very long, and juicy with lingering touches of spice, vanilla, tobacco and more. It was just as good on day two.”
SavorNW tasted the Cab:
Seamless, beautifully structured and balanced, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux style blend with 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Lovely aromas are complex with notes of dark berry jam, cedar, sweet tobacco, black peppercorn, Allspice and dried herbs. It offers a luscious mouthfeel with flavors of black raspberry displaying lively acidity before revealing notes of finely ground espresso and a lengthy finish with flavors alluding to cocoa, baking spice and just a hint of graphite. Gary Hayes 1/21
Hello! Yes, that’s correct - my husband and I own Gard Vintners and purchased Desert Wind Winery in 2021 together with the Merkle family, who we also have vineyards with, as well. This Sandstorm vintage was produced before we took over the vineyards and winery. These are some of my favorite Desert Wind wines, and we are happy to extend on offer on Casemates for them. Thanks for checking it out! ~ Lisa
@kaolis I kind of agree with the pro reviews. I’ll take that as a good sign.
Greetings from Desert Wind! We are excited to offer up our Sandstorm series on Casemates! You may have seen me here before - I am Lisa Lawrence with Gard Vintners. Together with the Merkle family, my husband Josh and I purchased Desert Wind vineyards in 2020 and Desert Wind Winery in 2021. Happy to answer any questions today, and will be checking in. Cheers! ~ Lisa
@WAwine Gard was one of my early Casemates purchases back in 2018. Really liked that red blend!!
The reviews and ratage make this sound pretty irresistible! I’m in for a case.
@gemeinschaft79 We can’t wait for you to try them!
Killer deal, IMHO.
@Winedavid49 This lab rat agrees! (Unless you’re super sensitive to oak.)
Where is the MIA Zephyr Rat?
@rjquillin so the Zephyr is “like” a mystery bottle if we order
Never heard of the winery before today, but Wahluke Slope is a fantastic appellation.
@Pagefault So glad you found us! We’re proud to source 100% from our Desert Wind Estate Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope.
After you’ve taken advantage of this fabulous deal, be sure to check out our website to see our other current releases. I recommend our flagship red blend - “Ruah,” the Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, or the Malbec!
@DesertWindWine thanks! Ruah sounds intriguing, as does the Syrah Rosé…do you have distribution in the Seattle area?
@DesertWindWine @Pagefault Ruah like “wind” in Hebrew?
@Pagefault we have the Ruah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot distributed in Seattle. Anything else you can order direct from our website!
@klezman @Pagefault That’s right!
Anybody want to split a case? I live in Green Bay, but am frequently in Madison Wisconsin…
hey there central NYers, anyone from the Utica/Syracuse area want to split a case?
Anyone in the Olympia, WA area down for a case split?