50 Best Wines of 2015
(#26 – 2012 Right Blend)
Seattle Met Magazine
2014 Top 100 Washington Wines
(2011 Auclair Winery Left Blend & 2011 96 Cedars Red Wine)
92 points – 2017 Auclair Left Blend Red Mountain
November 30, 2020
Full-bodied and richly structured, with deep blackberry, licorice and espresso flavors that build tension toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink through 2029 – TF
90 POINTS – 2017 96 Cedars Red Red Mountain
March 30, 2020
Supple and elegantly structured, featuring vibrant cherry, toasted spice and espresso flavors. Finishes with sleek tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink through 2027 – TF
92 POINTS – 2016 Left Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Aug. 31, 2019
Distinctive and well-built, with expressive black cherry, black olive and toasted spice flavors that take on complexity and richness toward polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 146 cases made. — TF
90 POINTS – 2016 Right Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Aug. 31, 2019
Harmonious and easygoing, with expressive cherry and blueberry flavors, accented by spice and tomato leaf notes, lingering toward refined tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2023. – TF
90 POINTS – 2015 Left Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
July 31, 2018
Broad-shouldered and firmly structured, with expressive blackberry, green olive and mineral accents that build toward burly tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2019 through 2024. – TF
92 POINTS – 2013 Left Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Issue: Web Only – 2016
Firm and chewy, with a sense of restraint to the orange peel—accented blackberry and currant flavors, hinting at roasted pepper as the finish presents presence and harmony. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2023. – HS
91 POINTS – 2012 Right Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Issue Oct 15, 2015
Nicely articulated tannins dance around a focused core of black cherry and floral character, with a hint of pear joining in as the elements come together on the powerful finish. Shows depth and generosity, lingering well. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2017 through 2022. – HS
91 POINTS – 2012 Left Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Issue Web Only – 2016
Firm in texture, with red pepper and thyme elements accenting the mix of dark fruit flavors, set on a medium-weight frame. Has presence and a refined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2017 through 2022.
90 POINTS – 2010 Right Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
Issue Jul 31, 2014
Tasting Note: Grippy tannins frame a focused beam of black currant and blackberry flavors, shaded with lingonberry and pear notes as the finish lingers. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2016 through 2020. – HS
91 POINTS – 2013 Right Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
A blend of Merlot (73%), Cabernet Franc (24%) and Petit Verdot, it rises from the glass with aromas of cedar, flowers and red and black fruit. The black-fruit flavors are dense but deft, with firm tannins backing them up.
91 POINTS – 2013 Cabernet Franc Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
With a healthy whack of Merlot (22%), this drinks a bit more like a Bordeaux blend than a varietal wine. It enchants with aromas of high-toned herbs, coffee, toasty oak and red cherry. The cherry and black fruit flavors are layered and tightly wound, with a pleasing mouthfeel. The tannins need time to unwind.
90 POINTS – 2012 Left Blend Artz Vineyard Red Mountain
A mix of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine displays aromas of black licorice, raisinated dark fruit, barrel spice, medicine cabinet and cherry cordial. The blackberry flavors are ripe and sweet, supported by a firm tannic structure.
International Wine Report
91 pts – 2015 Auclair Left Blend – The ‘Left Blend’ is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Black tea and mocha flavors impress with light tannins at the finish. This will cellar well over the next decade. November, 2018 (OB)
91 pts – 2014 Auclair Petit Verdot – This wine comes off slightly herbal on the nose with black fruits. Black cherry and coffee ground flavors with milk chocolate impress. I like the viscosity here as this will age for a decade. November, 2018 (OB)
90 pts – 2014 Auclair Left Blend – The ‘Left Blend’ was sourced from the Artz Vineyard, and is composed of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon along with 23% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot blended in. The wine starts with aromatics of black cherry, blackberry pie, sage and green bell pepper. There are flavors of black cherry, black olive, blackberry pie and creosote. This has wonderful richness and viscosity. (Best 2017-2025) – May, 2017 (OB)
90 pts -2014 Auclair Right Blend – Sourced from the Artz Vineyard, the wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. The red blend wine begins with aromatics of green peppercorn, black cherry, black olive and hints of mint. There are rich flavors of red cherry, black olive, sagebrush and hints of mint which continue to persist on the finish. (Best 2017-2025) – May, 2017 (OB)
91pts – 2013 Auclair Petit Verdot – This Petit Verdot wine opens with earthy aromas of sagebrush, red cherry, red raspberry and suggestions of green bell pepper. There are ripe flavors of blackberry pie, black tea, anise and green peppercorns. This is hitting its stride right now and should continue to show well over the next five years or so. (Best 2017-2025) – May, 2017 (OB)
90 pts – 2013 Auclair Cabernet Franc – This lovely Cabernet Franc wine, sourced from the Artz Vineyard, has 22% Merlot blended in. There are bright aromas of dried herbs, red cherry and red raspberry leading to flavors of black tea, black cherry, eucalyptus and green bell pepper. This feminine style Cabernet Franc will cellar beautifully well into the next decade. (Best 2017-2025) – May, 2017 (OB)
90 pts – 2013 Auclair Cabernet Sauvignon – This Cabernet Sauvignon begins with aromatics of black tea, bulls blood, black cherry and mocha. There are rich flavors of blackberry pie, coffee grounds and mint alongside heavy tannins. This needs a heavy decant before enjoying, as the tannins are fairly massive at this juncture. (Best 2017-2025) – May, 2017 (OB)
International Wine Review
90 pts Auclair 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill Vineyard Red Mountain – This Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe and focused with aromas and flavors of black fruit and roasted red pepper. It is firmly structured with good extract and ripeness. Slightly austere, it reveals good length, fine tannins, and medium finesse on the finish.
91 pts Auclair 2015 Left Blend Red Mountain – The Left Blend offers 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Merlot. Medium ruby violet, it offers light floral, cassis and roasted red pepper aromas. It has fine firm tannins and good length. It is fresh, stylish and lightly herbal, with a hint of pepper. Some alcohol on the finish mars the elegance but overall, nicely done.
91 pts Auclair 2015 Right Blend Red Mountain – The Right Blend consists of 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Franc. Sourced from the Artz Vineyard, it is dark ruby in color and displays lovely ripe red fruit aromas and flavors of coffee, fresh cherry
and sweet vanilla oak. Fairly full-flavored with sweet dark cherry and a long finish. Nicely done.