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Virtue Cellars - Tasting Sept 2023

Virtue Cellars is going to stir up Edmonds in a great way. Winemakers Kevin Mueller, and Jakob Edens are crafting some beautiful wines that are honest, pure, unpretentious and approachable for the Edmonds market. I am jealous their tasting room isn't closer to my Woodinville home base. With access to some amazing vineyards, their wines are incredible defined, and balanced. I particularly enjoyed their 2020 Cabernet Franc and 2020 Loyalty Reserve Syrah, but I would have been happy to walk away with any of their bottles. Read below for the tasting.

Virtue Cellars Wine Tasting

2022 Tranquility Rose

Cab franc. HHH. Light, crisp and low acidity showing peach and watermelon, touch of mint. Score 90

2022 Clarity Sauvignon Blanc

Olsen vineyard. Nice nose of juicy pear. On the palate, pear and lime, honeysuckle, gentle acidity with a slightly mouthwatering finish. Score 92

2020 Sincerity Syrah

Well balanced, smooth on the palate, focused, showing blue fruit, faint white pepper, leather and cocoa powder. Nice minerality forming the backbone. Integrated tannins for a smooth finish. Score 92

2020 Cabernet Franc

Royal Slope. Ripe Blueberries, toasted oak, dark chocolate balanced well with hint of pepper. Score 93

2020 Fortitude BDX

Cab dominant. Merlot and Malbec. Conner Lee and Olsen vineyards. A medium body. Tart red cherries, notes of strawberry compote, cappuccino, vibrant mouthwatering acidity, slightly grippy tannins. 92

2020 Authenticity Merlot

Conner Lee. Velvety, on the palate with blue and black fruit, slightly spicy, touch of vanilla. Sticky tannins. Score 91

2020 Charisma Cabernet Sauvignon

50/50 red mountain and Olsen. Smooth, focused, silky on the palate, offering a medium bodied and balanced cab, showing blue and blackberries, rounded tannins. Score 92

2020 Loyalty Reserve Syrah

Stillwater creek. Perfume, polished leather, enticing floral and sweet spice aromas. Dense, juicy blueberries, black plum, white and black pepper, long satisfying finish with oak, vanilla bean, and sticky tannins. Score 94

2020 Ambition Reserve Blend

50/50 Merlot/Cab. A smooth blend of dark currant, plum, toasted oak and vanilla. Balanced with smooth tannins. Score 91


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