Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 80-71

By on December 27, 2014

71. Mosquito Fleet Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, $39

mosquito-fleet-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-labelChiropractor Brian Petersen grew up in the Hood Canal community of Belfair, Wash., and knew all about the area’s rich maritime history, including the famed Mosquito Fleet – a group of small ferries that plied the waters of Puget Sound for more than 100 years. When he launched his winery, he paid homage to the boats from those bygone days. For this outstanding Cab, he went to warm Red Mountain in the eastern Yakima Valley for his fruit. On the nose, it offers aromas of sweet spice, plum, blackberry and pipe tobacco, followed by flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry and vanilla. Rich tannins give this some cellar-worthiness, or pair up now with steaks grilled on the rare side. This won a unanimous double gold medal at the 2014 Great Northwest Wine Competition.

Production: 135 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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