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Underground Wine Project 2014 Devil’s Playground

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Underground Wine Project 2014 Devil’s Playground, Red Mountain, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, another Impulse favorite is back with a new vintage, the Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s yet another hit from Underground Wine Project, who also gave us Idle Hands and the Mr. Pink Rosé, all of which are huge hits. Mark Ryan McNeilly and Trey Busch continue to outdo themselves, and just about everyone else, with this collaboration series which brings to the table supremely enjoyable and hedonistic wines, with fantastic pricing.

Devil’s Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon $31.99

The 2014 Devil’s Playground is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Syrah added to soften up the tannins and add extra layers of flavor. The grapes are sourced from Quintessence Vineyard, which I’m sure I’ve raved about as being among my favorite new vineyards on Red Mountain. The wine is aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, and the final product is big, bold, soft, deep, rich, and smooth.

The nose is full of big ripe fruit, baking spices, cocoa nibs, and toast, going down many layers. The palate is medium-full, soft, and easy drinking, with loads of blackberries and raspberries. There are notes of mocha, cassis, vanilla bean pod, and smoke. A serious crowd-pleaser, outright delicious!

Underground Wine Project Devil's Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Underground Wine Project Devil’s Playground 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Devil’s Playground Cab

Region: Red Mountain

Vineyard(s): Quintessence Vineyard

Grape(s): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Syrah

Aging: 24 Months in 100% Few French Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Medium-Full

Alcohol: 14.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Idle Hands, Secret Squirrel, Old Scratch



And Why Am I Mr Pink Mr Pink Rosé

Mr Pink Impulse

And Why Am I Mr Pink Mr Pink Rosé by Underground Wine Project

Fellow wine lovers, it’s back! Last year’s most popular debuting Rosé is back for its second vintage, and they tell me it will sell out just as quickly as it did the last time. It’s the “And Why am I Mr. Pink” Rosé, by Underground Wine Project – A Collaboration between Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, so you know it comes from good stock. I know it’s a bit tricky, because you might be looking outside and thinking it’s not yet time for Rosé, but Rosé releases are coming earlier each year to allow early birds to jump on them. Last year, a lot of people were asking for this wine into the height of summer, and it was long gone by that time, so I recommend stocking up on your year’s supply now while it’s still available.

And Why am I Mr. Pink 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese $11.99

It’s very much so on par with the previous vintage. Bright and fruity, with just a hint of sweetness. The nose has the essence of orange blossoms and nectarines, while the palate shows flavors of watermelon, grapefruit, and strawberry yogurt. It’s bright and refreshing, making your mouth water just a bit. Spring is just around the corner, and we’ll all be very happy to have this one stashed away when the seasons change.

Underground Wine Project 2016 "And Why am I Mr Pink" Rosé

Underground Wine Project 2016 “And Why am I Mr Pink” Rosé

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Region: Columbia Valley

Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese

Aging: 4 Months in Stainless Steel

Drinkability: Now through 2017

Body: Medium-Full for a Rosé

Alcohol: 12.5% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Julia’s Dazzle

Food Pairing: Oysters, Prawns, Salmon



Underground Wine Project Impulse

Underground Wine Project 2012 Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, I think it’s time for some Cabernet, right? The weather is getting colder, down-right stormy even, and we need something big and hardy to help us keep warm… enter, Underground Wine Project’s new Cab.

You may remember our debuting of the “Underground Wine Project” which is a collaboration between cult status Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, with their first wine called “Idle Hands” Red. It’s literally the second most popular wine we’ve yet to feature on Impulse, with almost everyone who got some emailing me after trying it, asking for seconds. Luckily, they’re now introducing a new wine in the Underground Wine Project line-up, and it’s called Devil’s Playground- sticking with the theme of course.

Underground Wine Project 2012 “Devil’s Playground” Cabernet Sauvignon $31.99 (Regularly $40)

Friends, and even partners in crime, Mark Ryan McNeilly (Mark Ryan Winery) and Trey Busch (Sleight of Hand Cellars) are both long time veterans of the Washington State wine industry. Both known for making some heavy hitting red wines, they have tremendous followings by wine lovers locally and all over the country.

With combined efforts, they’re not only turning out a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon, but also one that’s an outstanding value. This Devil’s Playground is big and bold, shows a near opaque inky darkness in color, and has full bodied, chewy tannins, while still retaining a silky smoothness. Just like the Idle Hands Red, it’s going for that more hedonistic, pure pleasure seeking style of Cabernet, loaded with dark chocolate overtones, and hints of red licorice candy. It’s aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, infusing into the wine gobs of vanilla bean, toast, acacia bark and cinnamon spiciness. There’s plenty of juicy dark fruits of blackberries and raspberries, with hints of dried Turkish Figs, while beneath the indulgent qualities lies much finesse and earth.

Fruit for the Devil’s Playground is sources from Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, which is quickly becoming the backbone of many top wines in Washington. It’s 90% Cabernet with an added 10% Syrah to smooth it out and make it especially complex. The wine showcases an essence of dusty earth, reminiscent of a classic Rutherford Cabernet, backed by insinuations of cedar, with savory herbs like oregano, sage, and rosemary. After several hours in the decanter, the palate gives way to spicy flavors of red pepper flakes and ancho chili powder. It’s one of the most generously dense, long, and flavorful Cabernets I’ve had, in this range, all year long. Among the best values in Washington Cab to be found, for sure.

Underground Wine Project Devil's Playground Cabernet Sauvignon

Underground Wine Project Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Devil’s Playground Cabernet

Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Vineyard: Wallula Vineyard
Grape: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah
Aging: 24 months in 100% New French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2021
Body: Full Bodied
Drink This if you Like: Big Bold Cabernet, Rutherford
Food Pairings: Filet Mignon with demi-glace
Production: 475