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Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $52
The Harrisons’ holdings in the Walla Walla Valley include Heather Hill Vineyard, which features Cabernet Sauvignon, but their much larger Columbia Valley expression of Cab pulls from many of the Washington’s oldest and most exciting sites such as Bacchus, Dionysus and Weinbau near the Columbia River, Kiona’s Heart of the Hill, Ciel de Cheval and Scooteney Flats on Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills plantings Destiny Ridge and Gunselman Bench. This bottling is a legacy of longtime winemaker John Abbott, who handed the Abeja reins off to Daniel and Amy Wampfler in 2016. It’s an elegant Cabernet that opens with aromas of cherries, cranberry and clove, with a hint of rose petal. The palate is equally graceful, with velvety tannins and subtle barrel influence. The finish is bright and lingers with cherry, nutmeg and cardamom. This earned a gold medal at the 2017 Washington State Wine Competition in June, and in October it merited a double gold at the exclusive 2017 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.
Production: 2,501 cases