Washington Hills 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $9
Best Buy! Hal Landvoigt, director of winemaking for all of Precept, takes the lead on this consumer-minded brand and he’s turned out yet another quaffer from Canyon Ranch, 9 Canyon and The Benches, which Precept is a partner in. The big and rich nose on this bottling, which includes Sangiovese (5%), Syrah (3%) and Tempranillo (2%), shoots out black currant, black cherry and blackberry with cola, cocoa, pipe tobacco and white pepper. It’s a lighter-bodied, lower-alcohol Cab that walks with some elegance and complexity, thanks to red currant, lingonberry and huckleberry flavors and some herbaceousness from the Cabernet Franc (7%). It’s finished with mild tannins and a splash of cherry.
Production: 4,000 cases