One of Washington’s largest vineyards, Walter Clore-inspired Cold Creek Vineyard also ranks among the state’s best, particularly for Cabernet Sauvignon and especially in a vintage such as 2012. The ebullient aromas bring hints of blackberry, cocoa powder, Wheat Thins cracker, toasted bread, sarsaparilla and even a whiff of gun metal. Inside, it comes with a huge structure and great mouth feel of black cherry, blackberry, toast and chocolate-covered pomegranate. That blend of chocolate and toast, a product of 77% new oak, makes for an exceptionally long finish. The bar has been raised on this by $10 from the 2011 vintage, but Cab from 35-year-old Columbia Valley vines is rarefied air. Suggested pairings include beef, veal and hearty pastas influenced by black pepper and rosemary.
Production: 13,500 cases