Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Washington wine country

By on December 13, 2015

Alder Ridge 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

alder-ridge-cabernet-sauvignon-nv-bottleOne of the Washington wine industry’s workhorse sites celebrated its 15th anniversary with this vintage, and Seattle-based Precept Wine focuses its work under this label to Cabernet Sauvignon. Prosser’s Ron Bunnell spearheaded the winemaking for this bottling, which opens with aromas hinting at the Horse Heaven Hills’ telltale dusty minerality across the top of black currant, boysenberry jam, black pepper and toast. On the palate, the flavors of black currant and cherry are featured alongside nicely integrated oak notes. Its medium tannin structure, blueberry acidity and baking spice accents allow for a rewarding finish of white pepper.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,500 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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