2011 Figgins Estate Red Wine – 2011 is a year that I really enjoyed for wines throughout Washington State. Since the year was a bit cooler, many of the wines struck what I think was a perfect balance between acidity and fruit. This wine was no exception. There was no doubt in my mind when I first tasted this wine that it was from WA State. However, it does have a lot of the characteristics of a Cabernet from Bordeaux. The color in the glass is deep red (but not quite purple). On the nose, I initially got the spiciness of freshly cracked black pepper, which was quite nice and not overbearing. I also got some crème de cassis (sumptuous), tobacco, a good amount of pencil shavings (minerality – lead), and a touch of savory herbs and dried violets. The palate had similar notes as the nose but with a bit more complexity. In particular, I got a touch of black tea, initially some dark fruits (blackberry, blackcurrants) which evolved into red fruits with some air, and a tiny bit of earth. The wine had medium to high acidity and was medium to full bodied with firm tannins. This wine is very enjoyable now but I will hold on to mine for a little while longer. That being said, if you have a good quantity of these wines in your cellar, with a one-hour decant, they are currently fantastic! For those looking for a score on this wine, I would give it a 93-94.