Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Washington, and for good reason. The noble grape of Bordeaux grows well in many places around the world, but it seems to be especially at home in Washington state’s Columbia Valley?
First of all, we’re at the same latitude as Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignons ancestral home. Second, the warm, arid, sun-filled Columbia Valley is perfect for growing wine grapes, particularly Cab.
Cabernet Sauvignon seems to grow especially well in Washington’s warmest areas, particularly the Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain and the Wahluke Slope. But it also excels in slightly cooler regions, including the Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla Valley.
It’s an exciting time for Cabernet Sauvignon and Washington. Here are a dozen examples we’ve tasted in recent weeks.