2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gold Medal, 2016 Denver International Wine Competition; A lush, dense wine that delivers exceptional Cabernet quality under $20. A perfect pairing for hearty red meat pairings.
Opaque and dense in the glass, this Cabernet has layers of complexity that are constantly shifting to reveal more depth. That this wine is still coalescing in the bottle 5 months later is a testament to the tremendous winemaking and elevage this wine has gone through. Plummy at first with violet, blackcurrant, graphite and mocha notes, it opens up over a day to reveal ripe raspberry, baking spice and cedary cigar box notes all backed by juicy blackberry and vanilla bass notes. It’s exceptionally pure and linear, still swaddled in the baby fat of its youthful tannins, but imminently approachable now with a good decant. One of the more, if not most, cellar-worthy wines you’ll find on the market today at this price point. It finishes in an expansive and saturated wash of mineral laced-tannins. Superb.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Mineral
From the same ultra-premium producer as Lot 511, Lot 512’s sourcing moves to the Walla Walla Valley and Red Mountain AVAs. As such, it’s a deeper, darker, richer version of Washington State Cabernet. It’s also absolutely delicious and a fantastic introduction to the 2014 vintage for Cabernet, which was spectacular in both Washington and California. If you are unfamiliar with Washington State or with Lot 511 Cabernet that we released a few months back, I compared Lot 511 to a Spring Mountain Cab – 512 is more akin to Oakville/Rutherford with its darker fruit expression, dusty graphite character, and richer structure. I think Cabernet lovers will be suitably impressed, and at $18, even more so.