Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Cerebella Wine 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

This bottling marks second commercial vintage of Zimmel Unruh Cellars, the tandem of former Vancouver, Wash., neighbors Robb Zimmel, a combat medic who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Jon Unruh, a U.S. Marine. Zimmel moved to the Tri-Cities and graduated from Washington State University’s winemaking program in Richland in time to buy these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from McB Vineyard in Lowden. One of the three French oak barrels used in the making of this Cab was new, which imparts alluring aromas of cardamon and cola with Marionberry and mint. It’s very cherry on the palate with classy notes of pencil shavings and gunpowder tea tannins, backed by happy pomegranate acidity, making for quite a crowd-pleaser. Suggested pairings include Italian fare as well as grilled asparagus with olive oil and a liberal sprinkling of black pepper. Look for these wines in the Tri-Cities at Italiano’s Serious Pies & Pasta as well as Tap & Barrel.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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