Although we just featured a ded.reckoning wine a few months ago, we could not pass up on this opportunity to feature another wine from the ded.reckoning lineup. Doug Charles of Compass Wines not only sells some of the world’s top bottles at his storied shop in Anacortes, Washington, but he also collaborates with some Washington’s top producers on small lots of special projects just for his customers.
The winemakers involved rotate, yet Charles continues to use this nautical term for these releases. As the premier retailer of rare Washington State wines on the planet, Charles has a unique opportunity to taste a volume of incredible wines right from the source that others only dream about. He sees winemakers on an almost daily basis in the shop sampling them on their finest wares and many times a year he travels to the vineyards and small producers tasting from barrel and right off the vine. When he sees a cuvee, a selection of barrels, or an entire production that he deems to be significant enough to warrant his brand, he gobbles it up on the spot and proclaim it to be a ‘ded. reckoning’ caliber of wine.
Produced by Scott Greer at Sheridan Vineyard using 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. This ever popular Cabernet has classic Sheridan fruit with layers of black fruits, tobacco, coffee and that very distinctive note of citrus rind that is a trademark of this exotic and exclusive vineyard. Oak notes carry through on the warm finish. An amazing wine, from a stunning vintage. In the last issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate that featured Washington state wines, Sheridan was tied for the highest rated Cabernet Sauvignon in the state for the much more difficult 2011 vintage, and second only to Quilceda Creek in 2012. Decant and enjoy now or cellar through 2020. Only 200 cases produced.