Snake and Herring (By Josh Raynolds)
2012 Snake and Herring Hallelujah Chardonnay Great Southern – 90 points
($35) Bright straw. Ripe pear and melon scents are complemented by a smoky nuance and a hint of tarragon. Fleshy and dry on the palate, offering chewy orchard and citrus fruit flavors with a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes with building spiciness and very good breadth and length, leaving a gingery note behind.
2011 Snake and Herring The Distance Black Betty Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River – 90 points
($45) Ruby-red. Cherry, blueberry and a touch of oak on the nose. Juicy, sweet and seamless, offering spice-tinged dark berry flavors that pick up a smoky element with aeration. Smoothly plays richness off vivacity and finishes with gentle tannins and very good length, leaving a suave floral note behind.
2011 Snake and Herring The Distance Higher Ground Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern – 92 points
($60) Inky ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of cherry compote, singed plum, violet, graphite and vanilla, along with a subtle espresso overtone. Ripe, nicely focused dark berry liqueur flavors firm up with air and pick up a sexy oak spice accent. Distinctly rich yet lively cabernet with excellent finishing power and grip and smooth, slow-building tannins.
2011 Snake and Herring Cannonball Cabernet Sauvigon/Merlot/Petit Verdot Margaret River – 91 points
($35) (a 49/46/5 blend): Inky ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries and cherry on the mineral-tinged nose, with a touch of licorice in the background. Spicy and precise, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows excellent clarity and lift on the finish, which is firmed by tangy acidity and dusty tannins.
2012 Snake and Herring Dirty Boots Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River – 90 points
($30) Saturated ruby. Pungent redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with a smoky mineral quality adding lift and focus. Firm, vibrant bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors show very good concentration, with zesty acidity adding cut. Aeration brings out deeper dark chocolate and licorice notes, which linger on the persistent, gently tannic finish.