10 fab Cabs from the Pacific Northwest

By on October 27, 2013

Grande Ronde Cellars 2007 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

grande-ronde-cellars-brown-logoDave Westfall and his two partners recently moved the production facility to downtown Spokane, not far from their lively tasting room. They work with very small lots and their attention to detail and patience shows. Here’s a classic Cab from start to finish, leading with aromas of dark cherry, milk chocolate, vanilla, cedar, black pepper and graphite. Elegance is immediately apparent on the palate black currant, plum, slate, more pepper and cocoa. Its medium tannin structure, pleasing acidity and restrained alcohol make for tremendous length of flavors. For those in the Spokane area, the famed Davenport Hotel & Tower offers a sip-and-stay promotion that includes a $20 voucher for Grande Ronde and other member wineries.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 270 cases

Alcohol: 13%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .


  1. Bill Richey

    October 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Andy: Love your work on WA wines. On your recent newsletter, you looked at top cabs from OR Vinyards. I’ve got to throw Tero Estates in there for his cabs. Doug makes amazing cabs (3 different cabs from specific blocks of his estate Vinyards) and they are some of the best I’ve ever tasted. In case you haven’t met Doug (owner/winemaker) he is a fabulous winemaker, and a great guy!
    Bill Richey

    • Andy Perdue

      October 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Hi, Bill.

      Thank you for the note and kind words. I have visited Tero tasting room at the Marcus Whitman, but I don’t think we’ve tasted its wines. I appreciate the heads up and will seek them out.

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