Cabernet Sauvignon: Washington’s top grape

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

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2011 Five Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $18

arbor-crest-wine-cellars-five-vineyards-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-labelFive stalwart sites for Spokane, Wash., winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels — Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun, Stillwater Creek and Wahluke Slope Vineyards — come together for a Cabernet Sauvignon that’s masterfully constructed. Classic aromas of black currant, plum, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and earthiness transition to flavors of black cherry and more currant. There’s good richness on the midpalate with beautifully balanced tannins and acidity. This earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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