Empyrean Eridanus Claret 2005
Without the many rivers, particularly the Yakima, much of Eastern Washington would remain dry and barren. However, these mighty and majestic rivers make it possible for Washington to produce the grapes for some of the finest wines in the world. Eridanus is the constellation in the sky that is called the River of Stars and it pays tribute to these nurturing waterways.
The Eridanus itself is a Bordeaux style blend, comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. While it has the elegance and grace of Bordeaux, it also packs the powerful punch of New World winemaking, making it a beautiful hybrid. The result is truly stunning.
This wine could use a fair share of decanting but it is worth the effort. Eridanus displays the personal vision of Empyrean Wines by offering full New World fruit that is not sugary, or overpowered by oak. Eridanus looks to be an extremely food-friendly wine, and is bright and fresh in the glass, with not a hint of browning or oxidation. We chose to let the wine be individual and speak for itself, and it is doing just that. Eridanus has many good years ahead of it with proper cellaring.