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Apex 2006 Dry Riesling (Yakima Valley)
This is 100% Riesling, and the intense, floral aromas suggest a smattering of Gewürztraminer, at least in essence if not in fact. Beeswax, lemon candy, orange blossom and other juicy citrus components swirl around the palate, making this an exceptionally complex and beguiling wine. Though labeled dry, it carries an…
Apex 2010 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))
This opens with enticing aromas of toasted hazelnut, Key lime and white peach. The firm, controlled palate is concentrated and long, offering vivid, precise fruit and a tasty hint of skin phenolics.
Apex 2001 Outlook Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley)
This single vineyard, 100% Syrah provides a clear look at why Washington state is poised to become the nation’s leader in producing Rhône-style reds with genuine Rhône character. It’s a barrel selection from the vineyard’s oldest block (not that old, planted in 1997) but along with the usual dark fruit and pepper…
Apex 2008 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))
Aromatic and complex, this wine, though not quite bone dry, is tart and citrusy. The mixed fruit flavors run a spectrum from grapefruit to lemon candy to nectarine, lingering gracefully into a mineral-soaked finish.
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Apex 2008 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))
Tart and tannic, with aromas that promise deep black fruits touched with smoky earth. A Merlot for Cabernet lovers, with a Cab Franc-like streak of coffee around powerful, dark fruit flavors of berry and cassis. Give this a lot of breathing time, or pop it in the cellar for at least five years.
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Apex 2002 Syrah (Yakima Valley)
This is a northern Rhône style, tight, bright, and quite meaty. Along with the pure flavors of 100% Syrah fruit, it brings the tart, citrusy acids that can elevate the mouthfeel, giving it what the Australians call ‘lift.’ There’s backbone here in the form of acids and a tight spine, and you get the feeling that…
Apex 1998 Kestrel Vineyard Merlot (Yakima Valley)
This tangy wine is laced with plenty of toasty new oak, giving it scents and flavors of cocoa and spice. Some excellent fruit is there, tasting of tart black cherries, but it seems a bit overwhelmed. —P.G.
Apex 2001 Outlook Vineyard Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)
A big, open, plush style, with the butterscotch fruit married to toasty oak. Nothing complicated, but quite tasty.