Browne Family Vineyards 2014 Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25

By on November 10, 2016

browne-family-vineyards-heritage-cabernet-sauvignon-nv-bottlePrecept Wine CEO Andrew Browne launched this brand in 2005 with just 150 cases, and it’s developed within a decade into a decorated 10,000-case project that’s a worthy tribute to his remarkable grandfather. This is a stunning Cab created by Waterbrook winemaker John Freeman as part of the new Heritage line created and priced for restaurants. He pulled from Precept’s estate Canyon Vineyard Ranch near Prosser, Taylor Mag on Red Mountain and Summit View in the Walla Walla Valley, and Petite Sirah (5%) seems to be a key ingredient. Dark aromas of Marionberry, blueberry, baker’s chocolate and black licorice include mince meat spice and jasmine. There’s a rush of red currant and dark raspberry flavors on the entry, backed by blackberry and fig. Bright tannins push through the finish of eucalyptus, anise and vanilla. The retail price — a misnomer because it is not available in stores — would be $25. Instead, look for it on-premise by the glass for $11-$13 and by the bottle between $40-$48. It will stack up alongside Cabs at more than twice the price at select restaurants in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,000 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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