Cabernet Sauvignon Washington’s most important grape

By on July 5, 2015

Pete’s Mountain Winery 2011 Destiny Ridge Vineyard Elijah’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

petes-mountain-winery-elijah's-reserve-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-bottleHorse Heaven Hills winemakers Jarrod Boyle and Matt Dodson brought in this clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexandria Nicole Cellars’ estate vineyard on Oct. 2, then took it through a two-year oak program of 65% new French oak. That toasted wood creates a thumbprint of vanilla, roasted black walnut and chocolate with tones of dusty black cherry, Marionberry and blueberry. There’s good grip to the tannins with a finish of black currant and late minerality found so often in wines from the Horse Heaven Hills. The Pete’s Mountain tasting room in West Linn, Ore., is open by appointment only, but their wines also are available on wine lists in Portland and along the Oregon Coast.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 217 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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