2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold Medal, 2016 Denver International Wine Competition; A dead ringer for Napa Valley Spring Mountain Cabernet...but for under $20.
Dark in the glass, with a dark brick rim. It starts with a plump cherry vanilla note that opens up over a few minutes to reveal a beautiful and complex nose of brambly raspberry, loamy crushed rock, graphite, and toasted spice underpinned with pretty pine needle and herb aromas. Warm on the palate, with delicately layered red fruits and silky tannins that spread gloriously over your palate in a long, lingering and pure finish. This wine is just beginning to talk in the bottle and will develop beautifully, not just in coming months, but over the next 5-15 years.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Mineral
Depending on where you are in the Columbia Valley or its sub-AVAs (Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, etc), there’s a natural affinity with Napa’s Spring Mountain District. Obviously all things are site specific, but many vineyards in these AVAs feature the loamy volcanic soils, good drainage, and limited nutrients that force the vines to dig deep and produce tight, small grape clusters with the resulting concentration Cabernet lovers live for. Lot 511 is sourced from vineyards just outside of Yakima Valley and in the heart of Walla Walla itself – precisely the types of soils you would find up on Spring Mountain. It’s a dead ringer in every way…except the price.