Cabernet Sauvignon Washington’s most important grape

By on July 5, 2015

Cloudlift Cellars 2012 Halcyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

cloudlift-cellars-halcyon-cabernet-sauvignon-2012-labelFruit from one of the Washington state’s workhorse vineyards — Alder Ridge — ends up in the Seattle neighborhood Georgetown  with winemaker Tom Stangeland. More than half of this barrel program features new oak, a mix of French and American, and that is apparent with aromas of milk chocolate, toasted wood and vanilla backed by blackberry, mint and cigar box. The drink supplies flavors of cherry pie and bittersweet chocolate with fine-grained, yet frontal blueberry skin tannins that are chased by Marionberry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 132 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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