This past weekend featured the TASTE WA Grand Tasting, capping off Washington wine month. The Lucha Vino challenge stays with the Washington theme this week featuring a intra-family battle. This sibling rivalry could get ugly.
Tildio Cabernet Sauvignon slam fest 2007 v 2008 v 2009 with family bragging rights on the line.
Tale of the Tape
2007 & 2008 Tildio Cabernet Sauvignon are both designated Columbia Valley AVA.
The 2009 is more specific coming from the Wahluke Slope AVA.
All wines purchased direct at the Tildio winery.
Round 1. First Opening
young buck from 2009 is wasting no time taking the fight straight at
the older brothers. The nose is dark and spicy featuring currants,
brambles and menthol spices. The palate is dark with cherries, coffee
and hints of clove and menthol spice that continue on to a slightly dry
finish that includes some tart barrel spices.
The 2008 is playing
rope-a-dope, hanging back a bit and letting the 2009 burn some of that youthful energy. The nose is subdued with barrel notes mingling with
dark cherry. The palate shows dried cherries and currants leading to a
dry finish that includes some hints of candle wax.
the battle to the old man from 2007. This veteran luchador is crafty
and complex with a nose featuring currants, earth, candle wax and cedar
spices. The palate adds to the complexity with black cherry, cedar,
toffee and clove spices that resolves with a slightly dry spicy
This round really came down to a battle between the 07
and the 09. The 07 flashed some complicated moves during the round, but
the 09 took the points with a show of force and aggression.
Round 2. One hour after opening
These Tildio Bad Boys hit the canvas for round two with some fury.
07 is picking up where it left off taking down the 09 and 08.
Propelled by the ring ropes the 2007 takes down the other two
challengers with a series of wicked clothes line chops. The nose is
showing dark currants, cocoa and brambly earthy all spice. The palate
is getting big and bad with black cherry, toffee and menthol clove
spices that hang around to the finish which is slightly dry and spicy.
09 picks itself up off the canvas and launches a bruising counter
attack with the nose showing currants, black cherry, cocoa power and
brambly earthy spices. The palate is a bit lighter, but complex and
complimentary, with bing cherry, cocoa and spicy tart coffee bean that
is duplicated on the finish along with some hints of menthol.
08 seems to be content to let the other two luchadors battle it out.
Perhaps hoping for the titans to tire one another out and then
launch an attack when the opponents energy levels are low.
08 is lurking in the background with a nose of medium dark berries,
leather and spice. The palate has character of currant, tart cedar
coffee bean and menthol spices that carries over to the finish.
The 2007 takes round 2 by a slim margin.
Round 3. One day after opening
score after two rounds shows 1 point each for the 2007 and 2009. Let's
see if the 2008's lurker strategy pays off in the final round of our
The 2007 Luchador is channeling some serious nervous
energy into a wild attack. The nose is bold and dark with notes of
currant intermixed with menthol spices, brambles and cocoa powder. The
palate shows black cherry, coffee, toffee and spices of cinnamon, clove
and eucalyptus trailing into a cocoa powder spiced finish.
2009 counters with a last ditch effort featuring spinning kung fu moves
and a nose of dark fruit, forest floor, mushroom and all spice. The
palate is showing black cherry, tart cedar clove spices and a dry finish
with tannin laced spices.
The crowd is on its feet wondering
what the 2008 is up to. The middle Luchador is lurching to the center
of the ring and attempting a come back. The nose is slightly bulked up
with notes of currant, smokey peat and earthy all spice. The palate is
more complex in this round with currant, light smoke and tart cedar with
a bit of cocoa and cedar spices on a dry finish.
The 2008 never really showed up for this match. Unfortunately, the "wait and see" strategy did not pay off.
The 2007 showed maturity that matched its age, getting stronger as the rounds progressed taking round 2 and 3 and the victory.
Wrap up and Overall Observations
was an interesting matchup of three vintages. The youngest and oldest
luchadors made a pain sandwich out of the 2008. It will be interesting
to see how these Tildio Cabernets continue to evolve with some more age
in the bottle.
I would rate the 2007 and 2009 as excellent and both are
tasting good right now.
The 2008 should chill out in the cellar a bit
longer to reach maximum enjoyment.