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Cedar River Cellars 2014 Ava’s Crush Cabernet Sauvignon, Rattlesnake Hills, $33
The Cedar River flows through Renton into Lake Washington, and Micah Nasarow makes his wine in the Cedar River Valley not far from Lake Kathleen. For his reserve-level Cab, he brings in fruit from an old block within historic Portteus Vineyard, a higher-elevation site in the Yakima Valley. He keeps the focus on Paul Portteus’s almost ink-black fruit, opting for a pair of previously filled barrels. That provides a drink of deep purple flavors akin to blueberry, black currant and penetrating pomegranate juiciness, making for a lively finish. It’s built to be enjoyed with a rib roast rubbed with rosemary, bay leaves, pepper and garlic. Look for these wines around Renton at All Things Wine, The Wine Alley, Top of the Hill, Vino at the Landing and the local steakhouse Melrose Grill.
Production: 42 cases