Wit Cellars 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, $50

By on September 8, 2016

wit-cellars-elephant-mountain-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon-2013-bottleOne of the Yakima Valley’s premier sites is Joe Hattrup’s Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, and the winemaking duo of Flint Nelson and Cat Warwick show a bit of panache with this vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon from their nascent project in Prosser. The nose is big, dark and intense with sweet blueberry and dark chocolate aromas leading to roasted coffee, black pepper, Earl Grey tea and black olive. Delicious and easy-to-access flavors of Marionberry and blueberry pick up an underlying rub of sweet herbs. Its structure is nicely framed by black tea tannins that lead into raspberry acidity and a finish of green olive, bittersweet chocolate with black cherry. They suggest serving this alongside a salty pork chops, beef peppercorn steak or a cheese plate with pepper salami. The Wit Cellars tasting room is not far from Kestrel Vintners, their former employer.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 191 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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  1. Leo Crawford

    September 12, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I agree. I had the pleasure of tasting at about 6 or 8 Prosser wineries a few months ago and WIT had the best wines of all of them. Great wines.

  2. Charlie Furbush

    September 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    What a wonderful Cabernet! I went out to get it after the post and had with steaks. Thanks for the tip. As always keep up the good work.

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