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Soos Creek Wine Cellars

24012 172nd Ave. S.E.

Kent, Washington 98042

 

David and Cecile Larsen, 

Owners/Winemakers

Phone: (253) 631-8775

Email:  

winemaker@sooscreekwine.com

Last updated November 25, 2014

 

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Stephen Tanzer Reviews in November, 2015 Issue of Vinous:  "These wines are under-priced for their quality."

2012 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine - Deep, bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, currant and spices complicated by musky espresso and mocha notes. Suave and smooth on entry, then rich, layered and deep in the middle palate, displaying a sexy saline complexity to its seamless, highly concentrated flavors of red and dark berries, spices, herbs and milk chocolate. Fills the mouth without leaving any impression of excess weight. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and lingering red berries and flowers. A lovely, flavorful Bordeaux blend from an outstanding vintage. These wines are under-priced for their quality. 92 points, $40.

2012  Palisades Merlot - Full, deep red. Aromas of black raspberry, dark chocolate and menthol are lifted by a floral quality. Very smooth and sweet, conveying a slightly high-toned character to its raspberry and spice flavors. Lovely fine-grained, graceful, very ripe Merlot with a smooth dusting of firm tannins and sneaky persistence. A remarkable Merlot value. 91 points, $25.

2012 Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc - Bright medium red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant , strawberry, cherry, mocha, earth and dried flowers. Lush, silky and sweet, showing lovely inner-mouth floral complexity to its pliant red berry flavors. Finished with a fine dusting of tannins and lovely lingering sweetness. Interestingly, this Cabernet Franc shows less of a herbal quality than the 2012s here that are based on Cabernet Sauvignon. A noteworthy value, and already quite appealing owing to its seamless texture. 90 points, $30

2012 Terrible Beauty Cabernet Sauvignon - Good dark red. Red berry aromas are currently overshadowed by herbs, menthol and chocolately oak. Then surprisingly round and sweet in the mouth, with ripe plum and currant flavors leavened by a repeating gerbal element. Plumper in the middle than the Sundance bottling but the tannins are a touch drier and the wine missed the floral lift provided by the Cab Franc in the Sundance. 89 points, $25. 

2012 Sundance Red Wine - Bright, dark red. Currant, tobacco leaf, cocoa powder, menthol, violet and peppery herbs on the nose; reminded me of a Medoc wine. Suave, fine-grained and fresh, with bright framing acidity and a restrained sweetness to the flavors of sour cherry, currant and herbs. A classy vintage for this entry-level blend. Tannins are nicely supported by savory cherry and berry fruit. 89 points, $20.

Wine Spectator Reviews

2012 Artist Series #12: "Supple and expressive, with tobacco and cocoa overtones to the purple plum flavors, gliding easily into a long open-textured finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2019. 90 points."

2012 Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc: "Lithe and supple, playing mint and wet earth flavors against ripe blackberry and charred oak notes that swirl through a polished finish, lingering harmoniously. Drink now through 2019. 90 points."

Summary of ratings from major wine critics

                                  1989        1992     1994      1995      1996      1997      1998      1999      2001      2002       2003        2004      2005      2006      2007      2008      2009      2010      2011

Columbia Vly Cab                   86 ws       88 ws     88 st      90 st     90+ st   89+ st                  92 we   

Columbia Vly Cab Reserve                                                                                                        93 we

Sundance                                                                                                         88 st                                                                                89 we    89 we    90 wa     89 wa    89 wa    91 we    92 we    88 st

Champoux Vineyard                                                                                                     89 we    91 we         90+ wa   94 we                 92 we     93 wa     93 wa    93 ws    94 we    92+ st 

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard                                                                                                                                        91+ wa      93 we  92 we    91 we    93 we     93 we    92 we      94 we   92 ws   93+ st

Artist Series                                                                                                                                               92 ws                       93 we    92 we    93 we    92 we     90 wa    91 ws      93 we   93 st    92 st

Soleil                                                                                                                                                                                                         91 we                                                                                      90+ st

Commander Comet                                                                                                             88 we    90 we      90 we   90 we

Palisades                                                                                                                                                    91 we                                                                              89 we    90 wa      92 we   94 cc    91 st       

Legend: we = Wine Enthusiast, ws = Wine Spectator, st = Steve Tanzer, wa = Wine Advocate, cc = Christy Canterbury

 

Top 100 and Best of Awards

Best Northwest Cabernet Sauvignon of 1997 (#1) - 1995 Columbia Valley Cab, Ray’s Boathouse Restaurant Wine Awards

Top 100 Wines of 2002 (# 63) - 1999 Columbia Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast magazine

Top 100 Wines of 2006 (#45) - 2003 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Enthusiast magazine

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2006 (#11) – 2003 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2007 (#23) – 2005 Artist Series #5 Red Wine , Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2008 (#29) – 2006 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2009 (#66) – 2006 Artist Series #6 Red Wine, Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2010 (#29) – 2007 Artist Series #7 Red Wine, Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan

Top 100 Washington & Oregon State Wines of 2011(#83) – 2008 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington & Oregon State Wines of 2012 (#32) – 2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Times/Paul Gregutt

Top 100 Washington States Wines of 2012 (#13) - 2009 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan

2013 Best Bang for the Buck (#3) - 2010 Palisade Merlot, Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2013 (#10) - 2010 Artist Series #10, Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan

Top 100 Washington State Wines of 2014 (#12) - 2011Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Met Magazine/Sean Sullivan

Washington State Best Red Blend over $20 of 2014 (#1) – 2010 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine, Seattle Magazine

Washington State Best Red Blend $20 or less of 2015 (#1) – 2011 Sundance Red Wine, Seattle Magazine

 


  

 

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