Nearing the end of another fantastic Washington Wine Month, we bring you one of the oldest wineries in Washington that you might have never heard of. Soos Creek was founded in 1989 by David and Cecile Larsen. David Larsen has seen out nearly 30 vintages now. Originally starting to make wine in the Boeing Wine Club (and even blackberry wine), David caught the wine bug thanks to inspiring trips to Europe and Napa Valley. Initially modeling his winery after Quilceda Creek, producing only one Cabernet wine, he has since expanded to making an excellent Merlot and red blends. Sourcing from some of the best vineyards in the state including Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun in Red Mountain, David makes roughly 2,000 cases each year focusing on high quality red wines. Prices are seriously reasonable, ranging from $20.00 to $45.00 for their Champoux Vineyard Cabernet. I found that David’s wines exude quality across the board.
A downright killer value at $30.00 is the 2014 Soos Creek ‘Artist Series’ Red Wine (WWB, 92) which has wonderful herbaceousness with an abundance of dark fruits and a lovely minerality. Another great value at an even lower price point is their 2014 Soos Creek ‘Sundance’ Red Wine (WWB, 90) which is a solid effort showing pretty red fruits from Cabernet Franc. Learn more about this great boutique winery at http://www.sooscreekwine.com Here are the excellent new wines by Soos Creek.
2014 Soos Creek ‘Sundance’ Red Wine- The wine is largely Cabernet Franc with lesser parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The herbal notes are nice on the nose, connecting with red fruits. This has a delicious red fruit flavor profile with a silky mouthfeel. Drink 2017-2022- 90
2014 Soos Creek ‘Palisades’ Merlot- Sourced from the Columbia Valley, this wine opens with aromas of red cherry and sagebrush. The mouthfeel here is really plush and delicious. Milk chocolate, roasted figs and black cherry flavors impress. The balance and richness is there. Drink 2017-2027- 91
2014 Soos Creek ‘Terrible Beauty’ Cabernet Sauvignon- This inky colored wine yields some dark fruit aromatics with pencil shavings and a touch of cocoa powder. Red bell pepper, red cherry, and sagebrush flavors impress. This has an enticing combination of weight and poise. Drink 2017-2027- 91
2014 Soos Creek ‘Artist Series’ Red Wine- The ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon by Soos Creek is a blend of largely Cabernet Sauvignon with a smaller portion Cabernet Franc. The nose is elegant with black cherry and mocha aromas with a touch of herbal notes. The balance here is lovely as the herbaceousness from the Cabernet Franc is currently shining brightly. Black and red fruits mingle beautifully alongside some nice tension. Drink 2017-2027- 92