All hail king Cabernet

By on September 21, 2014

Washington Hills 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, $9

washington-hills-cabernet-sauvignon-label-nvBest 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 Cabernet Franc (7%). It’s finished with mild tannins and a splash of cherry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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