Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91

By on December 26, 2014

99. Native Sun 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $65

Amy Johnson presents a bottle of Purple Star Wines while Kyle Johnson holds a bottle of Red Mountain-based Native Sun.

Amy Johnson presents a bottle of Purple Star Wines while Kyle Johnson holds a bottle of Red Mountain-based Native Sun. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

A few years ago, Kyle Johnson made fantastic wines while at the helm of Olsen Estate in Prosser, Wash., and he’s now crafting top-drawer reds under his Native Sun and Purple Star labels. His 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon earned gold at the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition, and the 2010 repeated at our 2014 event – quite an achievement. This Cab offers more finesse than power with aromas of plum, black cherry and a whisper of smoke. On the palate, elegant flavors of blackberry, cherry and cocoa sashay across the palate, followed by tannins that build to a crescendo of flavor.

Production: 128 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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