14 Hands Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12
Best Buy! The official wine of the Kentucky Derby continues to lead the herd of Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of commercial success, and Keith Kenison rides a remarkable vintage in Washington to a trifecta when it comes to the juice, the price and the availability. Its dark fruit profile starts with a nose of blackberry milkshake and black currant followed by notes of dark chocolate, clove, crushed red pepper flakes and charcoal. Blackberry, blueberry and chocolaty flavors are met by a medium structure of silky tannins and juicy acidity that’s built to drink now with foods such as Tomato-Basil Bruschetta, Eggplant Parmesan, herb-crusted prime rib, steak or venison stew. Buy by the case to enjoy any night of the week.
Production: 490,000 cases