Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman creates this Cab for Precept CEO Andrew Browne from a historic vintage that’s a pleasure to drink now yet with the legs to make a long run in the cellar, too. The collection of fruit from Alder Ridge, Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Taylor Mag and Summit View came in during the second half of October and spent 23 months in a barrel program of 54% new French oak. The mood created in the nose leads with pencil shavings, black cherry and red currant, backed by dark chocolate, espresso, horehound and notes of minerality. On the pour come flavors of dark plum, blackberries, cherries and chocolate as fine-grained tannins create great balance and a focused finish. Look for this at the Browne Family Vineyards tasting room on Main Street in Walla Walla, which also pours wines from Cavatappi, Ross Andrews and Waitsburg Cellars.
Production: 3,351 cases