2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
91 Pts & Gold Medal, 2017 Winemaker Challenge; Another Value Cab of the Year contender, sourced from an ultra premium bottling program that goes for $40+.
Lot 534 launches with a lovely display of spring flowers paired with ripe, dark blackberry notes and cassis wrapped in toasty mocha oak and just a hint of mint. With a little air, distinctive graphite and forest floor notes add additional complexity. Ripe and seamless on the mid-palate, with rich sappy fruit deftly balanced against velvety tannins in a long, lush, seamless, vanilla-kissed finish.
Style: Full, Smooth
Sourced from the cellars of a single high-end Walla Walla winery, this Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of fruit from some of the best vineyards (i.e. Obelisco, Heather Hill, Seven Hills) in the best appellations for Cabernet in the state (Red Mountain [50%], Walla Walla [32%], and Horse Heaven Hills [18%]). Effectively, the Washington equivalent of Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford/St. Helena nexus. Meticulously crafted and aged in 80% new French oak, this gorgeous Cabernet is the same wine the winery offers at well over $40/bottle. With the previously released vintage scoring a 92 from Parker, I think it’s fair to say this is a screaming deal.