Dusted Valley Vintners 2013 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

By on June 11, 2016

Dusted Valley Vintners V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon NV labelThis Walla Walla Valley winery near the stateline laced their annual tribute to Grandpa Vernon Rhodes with a significant dose of Petit Verdot (15%) among the gathering of fruit from Dionysus, Olsen and the Middleton family’s Southwind planting west of Milton-Freewater, Ore. Alluring aromas of blackberry, cherry fruit leather, mocha and minerality lead to bright and juicy flavors of President plum and more blackberry. Montmorency cherry skin tannins and pomegranate acidity lead to a long finish of pie spice. It’s got plenty of life for the cellar, but one of V.R.’s grandkids suggests enjoying this Cab in the meantime with this recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that calls for a bag of Kettle Brand Salt and Fresh-Ground Pepper potato chips.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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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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