Cabernet Sauvignon: Washington’s top grape

by | Mar 16, 2014 | Featured wines, Grapes, News, Washington wine | 0 comments

Mackey Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

Mackey Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon white labelThe Mackey brothers’ Walla Walla Valley vineyard joined forces with Gamache Vineyards in Basin City and StoneTree on the Wahluke Slope, and Rasa winemaker Billo Naravane skillfully stitched them together. The nose opens with blackberry, cola, Jolly Rancher grape candy, lime, cherry wood and chalkboard dust. Its entry to the medium-structured palate shows balanced with Marionberry, cassis and elderberry flavors, backed by focused tannins, a return of chalkboard dust and a Montmorency cherry finish. Look for this at Pure Space in Portland on Feb. 24, as well as at Taste Washington.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 146 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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