Martinez and Martinez Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $34

By on February 1, 2017

Andrew Martinez works with small lots from his father’s historic planting in the dusty Horse Heaven Hills. Neighboring vineyards include Champoux, Phinny Hill and Quilceda Creek Vintners’ Palengat — once known as Matador Vineyard. Sergio Martinez now owns one of the oldest sites for Cab in the state, gnarled vines he’s nurtured since 1981, and those 3 acres created this regal bottling from four barrels. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cocoa powder include violets. Inside, it’s bright and balanced with a gorgeous mouth feel of boysenberry and blueberry, leading to a long finish of black cherry that includes a pinch of spearmint. The family enjoys it with a juicy steak, short ribs or smoked lamb shoulder rubbed in chili. It’s available retail at the Winemaker’s Loft in Prosser, and the family will be pouring at March 4 at the Snohomish Wine Festival.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 14.11%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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