Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Washington wine country

By on December 13, 2015

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

ryan-patrick-vineyards-reserve-cabernet-sauvignon-2012-bottleThere’s virtually no vintage when wine grapes don’t achieve ripeness on the Wahluke Slope, and the Milbrandt brothers Clifton Hill gets plenty of sun. Jeremy Santo, who makes the wine for the Flanagan family, used a barrel program of 20 months with 50 percent new French which aromas the enticing nose of vanilla extract and tar with black currant jam, boysenberry and cedar. Inside, it turns to intense Marionberry jam with black cherry and anise. Integrated tannins and juicy acidity lead to a sweet finish of milk chocolate.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

Winery website

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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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