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Callan Cellars - Tasting Aug 2023

I've been enjoying Callan for about the last two years. Winemaker Lisa Callan is relaxed and pleasantly down to earth, while crafting thoughtful and delicate wine. I had to grab a bottle of their 2018 Boushey Vinyeards Syrah, a stunning classic Washington Syrah, no gimmicks, totally awesome value. I have tasted and enjoyed their Picpoul in the past, so went on a limb with their 2022 Picpoul, sure to be a zippy addition to my summer wine bank. I got caught up chatting so notes are brief!

Callan Wine tasting

2020 Cabernet Franc

20% PV. The addition of Petit Verdot makes for an earthy cab franc, swirling with blackberries and blueberries, dried herb, leather, and dark chocolate. $38. Score 92.

2020 Merlot

Juicy plums, dark cherries, heat of pink peppercorn. The body is rich and full, with a sturdy backbone of firm tannins. $38. Score 92.

2019 MC2

50% Malbec 50% Cab. Bold jammy blue and black fruit, robust tannins with notes of tobacco, licorice and leather. $38. Score 92.

2019 Big Red

A big bold, floral bdx blend.

2018 Syrah

Deep, dark, luscious black fruit, stewed plums, white pepper and polished leather with violets. Awesome profile, awesome value. $38. Score 93.


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