Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2013 Elephant Mountain Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $45

By on March 15, 2017

Ryan Patrick winemaker Jeremy Santo pulls from one of Washington’s great vineyards, Elephant Mountain, which stood as the highest-elevation planting at 1,460 when the Hattrup brothers established it above the Yakima Valley in 1998. The site selection proves ideal for hangtime in warm vintages such as 2013 when it was harvested on Oct. 25. Despite its ripeness at 26.5 Brix, this bottling of Cab shows classic notes of black cherry, dusty blueberry and chalk with pleasing herbal accents. There’s a showcasing of 50% new French oak on the toasty midpalate as sublime tannins allow for a finish of cassis and raspberry.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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