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
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.
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."