Soos Creek Wine Cellars
24012 172nd Ave. S.E.
Kent, Washington 98042
David and Cecile Larsen,
Phone: (253) 631-8775
Last updated January 13, 2014
In Master of Wine, Christy Canterbury's January, 2014 Special Report on Washington State wines, she ranked Soos Creek as a Four Star Producer, described our 2010 Palisade as a "screaming buy", and rated it 94 points here.
Steve Tanzer reviews in Nov/Dec 13 issue of The International Wine Cellar:
2010 Artist Series #10 Red Wine - "Good bright, full red. Enticing perfume of redcurrant, coffee, mocha and flowers. At once silky and energetic, offering a fine-grained texture and lovely inner-mouth lift to the complex flavors of redcurrant, blueberry and brown spices. This very classy, intense Bordeaux blend finished with sweet tannins and superb building length. 93 pts."
2010 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine - " Good bright ruby-red. Precise aromas of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and violet. Very ripe blackberry, mineral and sweet oak notes are complicated by a strong saline element. Very tactile, concentrated wine with sound acidity and a firm tannic spine to support extended aging. I'd give this a good seven or eight years in the cellar before pulling the cork. 92(+?) pts.
2010 Ciel du Cheval Red Wine - "Good deep red. Red and blackcurrant and milk chocolate aromas are lifted by sexy spices. Broad, pliant and sweet, offering generous yet lively red berry and spice flavors. Captures the density of a longer, cooler year. Finished broad yet weightless, with suave but firm tannins and an echoing blueberry note. Very Ciel du Cheval. 92 pts."
2010 Palisade Red Wine - Good dark red. Musky red cherry, redcurrant and plum aromas are complicated by herb and earth notes. Less fruity on the palate but shows sneaky sweetness to the plum, mocha and smoke flavors. Good ripe acidity and broad, firm-edged tannins gives this blend a solid structural underpinning. A very good value. 90 pts."
Our 2010 Artist Series wine was selected #10 of the Top 100 Washington State wines read here.
Paul Gregutt reviews in 11/1/13 issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
2010 Sundance Red Wine - "Soos Creek's value-priced Sundance Red really shines in 2010. A Bordeaux-style blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, it rivals the top-tier efforts from any number of wineries. Plum, cherry, cassis and chocolate flavors are leavened with a dash of herb. Tannins are dusty and detailed, and the wine has the stuffing to age over the next half decade or more. 92 pts."
2010 Palisade Red Wine - "Palisade is Merlot-based in 2010, with 11% Cabernet Sauvignon filling out the blend. Muscular and complex, this is Merlot at a level rarely found at this price. Cherry, cassis, earth, graphite and mineral flavors mingle seamlessly. Sourced from a brillant mix of vineyards including Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, DuBrul and Klipsun. 92 pts."
2010 Commander Comet Syrah - "Grapes from the Riverbend and Lewis vineyards are often featured in far more expensive bottles. Here they create a 50/50 blend with bright boysenberry fruit and a generous dash of spice and pepper. 90 pts."
Read what our customers are saying about our wines on CellarTracker.com:
This article by Paul Gregutt praises the value-pricing of our wines
Wine Spectator Insider, 7/24/13 - 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine "Focused, deep and distinctive, offering grace notes of mint and peach fuzz tannins around a solid core of black cherry fruit, lingering easily on the extended finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2014-2020, 92 pts. - H.S."
Another accolade for our 2010 Artist Series wine: It is the Seattle Met magazine's Wine of the Week. Scroll down half a page to read all about it in this article.
"You may never find a better Washington wine at $30." Sean Sullivan commentng on our 2010 Artist Series wine: "I can't recommend this wine highly enough." The Washington Wine Wine Report Tweet 5/22/13.
Paul Gregutt's Reviews in The Wine Enthusiast's Advance Buying Guide Sept. 24, 2012
2009 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine - "This blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 22% Merlot, using grapes sourced entirely from this iconic Red Mountain vineyard. Notes of spice and iron interplay with tightly wound berry and cassis fruit. This is a steely, muscular wine, with an underpinning of graphite. History has proven that it will age beautifully. 94 points."
This wine also ranked #32 on The Seattle Times list of Top 100 Wines from Washington and Oregon.
2009 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - "Absolutely huge fruit blows out of this bottle as soon as it's opened. A rush of gorgeous black cherry is buoyed by snappy acidity and generously finished with smoke and coffee accents from having aged in 50% new oak. Details of iron and baking spice emerge also, and the silky tannins glide through a lengthy and delightful finish. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot. 94 points."
2009 Artist Series #9 - "This new Artist Series red is... 79% Cabernet Franc and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tight and tannic, it has excellent structure and depth, with a black fruit note, and a mocha-flavored finish. The muscle is there to reward cellaring for up to a decade. 93 points."
2009 Palisade - "...Smoky and focused, it's a riot of loganbery, blueberry and other blue and purple fruits. The tangy mouhfeel brings in streaks of coffee and mineral, with a tart, elegant finish. 92 points."
2009 Sundance - "A great vintage for the Sundance Red, this is 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 14% Syrah. The addition of Syrah really livens up the mix. It's a supple, sappy, sinuous red, with rich and complex cherry and berry fruits. The 30% new oak is not only lavish for a $20 wine, but it judiciously complements all of the good fruit. 91 points."
2009 Commander Comet Syrah - "Made using Syrah from the Boushey, Riverbend, and Lewis Vineyards, this is a spicy, lively wine, with bright boysenberry fruit and citrusy acids. Give it some time to breathe, and it becomes downright exuberant, with a lightly peppery finish. 90 points."
Our 2009 Champoux Vineyard wine is # 13 on Sean Sullivan's list of Best 100 Washington Wines in 2012
Steve Tanzer, Issue # 159 November/December 2011 : "2008 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine - Bright ruby-red. Pure, classic cabernet aromas of cassis, black cherry, bitter chocaolate, licorice and black olive. Glossy, sweet and concentrated, with a smooth texture supported by firm structure. Best on the long, mounting finish, which features supple tannins and a strong sense of sappy extract. Superb cabernet-based blend, built for a graceful evolution in bottle. This is an incredible value. 93 points "
Wine Spectator Insider, August 17, 2011 - Champoux Vineyard 2008 "Supple and velvety in texture, brimming with beautifully articulated plum, blackberry and currant fruit, nicely shaded with hints of rosemary and coffee. Shows elegance and power. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2018. 93 points. "
July 6, 2011 - Artist Series #8 2008 "Polished, focused and juicy with dark berry, showing a hint of cherry and an overlay of mineral and floral character. Lingers easily on the refined finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2016. 91 points."
Wine Enthusiast review by Paul Gregutt, June, 2011:
2008 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - "This blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot. It needs time. Right now the pieces are there, but not entirely pulled together. Winemaker, Dave Larsen, builds wines for the long term, everything is in proportion, and the fruit is ripe but never jammy. This is sleek and steely, with veins of iron, mineral, earth and tight red fruits. The oak influence is minimal. The vineyard is notable for the ageability of its wines. Cellar Selection. 92 points."
2008 Palisade - "Pure Merlot, though not labled as such, this is broadly fruity with a play of strawberry, hard cherry candy, and citrus. The grape sources - Champoux, Klipsun and Baccchus vineyards - are impeccable. Tannins are stiff enough to put a stop to the finish, and to suggest that some further bottle age is called for. 90 points."
2008 Commander Comet - "This is the second Syrah from Soos Creek again sourced from three excellent vineyards: Boushey, Riverbend and Lewis. Other bottlings from any of these vineyards will sell for far more; this is a real value. The tang is all fruit, with good natural acidity, plenty of snap. Cranberry, pomegranate and some darker notes of smoke, licorice and coffee threaded through. Excellent winemaking. 90 points."
Wine Advocate review by Jay Miller #197 Oct., 2011:
92 Points - 2008 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
91 Points - 2008 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
90 Points - 2008 Artist Series #8 Cab Franc/Cab/Merlot
90 Points - 2008 Palisade Merlot
89 Points - 2008 Sundance Bordeaux Blend
Our 2005 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard wine ranked #1 in Steve Tanzer tasting of 12 top Washington State red wines
Who are Washington State's First Growth Wineries?
2007 Artist Series # 7 - Selected #29 by Sean Sullivan in "Seattle Met" magazine's list of 100 Best Washington Wines and #66 on the Seattle Times' list of Top 100 Washington State Wines in 2009
Soos Creek rated FOUR STARS with wines appearing on the lists of Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Best Bordeaux Blend, Best Cabernet-Dominated Bordeaux Blend and Best Merlot in Paul Gregutt's new book "Washington Wines & Wineries"
Wine Advocate review by Jay Miller - August, 2010
"The 2007 Champoux Vineyard is made up of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months. Deep purple-colored, it displays wood smoke, pain grille, spice box, lavender, black currant, and black berry. On the palate it deftly combines elegance and power while concealing enough ripe tannin to evolve for 5-6 years. It has a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2027. 93 points"
Wine Enthusiast review by Paul Gregutt - March, 2010:
"2007 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine - Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with 18% Cab Franc and 9% Merlot, this is sculpted with refined refined dark fruits, streaks of mineral, coffee, iron and earth, and a compelling density. Editor's Choice, 93 points."
Wine Spectator review by Harvey Steiman - August 31, 2010
2007 Champoux Vineyard Red Wine "Upright, aristocratic and brilliantly focused, showing off its dark cherry, rhubarb and exotic spice flavors on a supple frame, the finish lingering expressively. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2017, 92 Points."
2007 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine "Rich in texture, complex and harmonious in flavor, offering a powerful mouthful of ripe blueberry, plum, savory spice and creamy oak flavors that harmonize right through the expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2019, 92 Points."
Steve Tanzer review - Nov/Dec 09:
"2007 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Deep, saturated red. Highly perfumed nose combines brooding black cherry, menthol and dark chocolate aromas, with intriguing lift provided by suggestions of apricot pit and white flowers. Supple, juicy and deep, with very nicely integrated acidity giving shape and lift to the sexy flavors of blueberry, blackberry and violet. Conveys an impression of density without weight. Finishes broad and expansive, with very suave dusty tannins. Classy juice. 91 points."
Wine Enthusiast review by Paul Gregutt 2/28/09:
93 Points - 2006 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points - 2006 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
92 Points - 2006 Artist Series #6 Cab/Cab Franc
90 Points - 2006 Sundance Bordeaux Blend
"...there's no doubt in my mind that for Cabernet there are vineyard areas in Washington that are the greatest on earth." Pierre Rovani
"All Soos Creek wines are excellent values. Across the board these are wines with wonderful density and concentration, ripely balanced, plummy, mixed red fruits, and elegantly astringent tannins. Larsen gets wonderfully layered, elegant flavors without anything harsh, sharp, or rough. His wines are thoroughly professional, never a hint of volatility or other technical flaws. In short, real winemaking craft is on display here, every detail beautifully rendered, substantial but not out of whack in any way. Soos Creek is one of the great, undervalued, stellar performers in the state." WASHINGTON WINES & WINERIES - THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE, by Paul Gregutt, University of California Press.
"Though I'm sure the folks at Boeing miss Dave Larsen, I for one, am grateful to see him concentrating full-time on making top-flight Cabernets!" Wine Advocate, 4-24-06
- "This unassuming low-profile winery clearly belongs in the first rank of
Washington boutiques.": June, 2002 issue of the Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Soos Creek is listed as one of the Top Cabernet Sauvignon Producers in the
Pacific Northwest by The Northwest Wine Guide
Link to article on "Ageworthy Washington State Wines"