Cabernet Sauvignon: Washington’s top grape

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

Kiona Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $25

kiona-vineyards-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-washington-bottleThe label is misleading because this is 100% Red Mountain from the Williams family’s Kiona Estate and the younger Heart of the Hills site. However, it does teeter on edge of a street-legal Cab with its healthy additions of Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot (5%). That PV piece contributes remarkable dark purple fruit tones, starting with aromas that hint at plums, black cherry, chocolate and fresh popcorn. The drink is remarkable, entering akin to a rich and dark Syrah with that purple fruit, then the power of Red Mountain shows with bold plum-skin tannins and ageworthy acidity. There’s understandable excitement within the family for this wine because it showcases Heart of the Hill’s Clone 2 Cab and the Petit Verdot. And it also won a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,106 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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