Best Buy! Juan Muñoz Oca, who now oversees winemaking throughout Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, helped spearhead this tier a decade ago during his career at Columbia Crest. It’s grown into one of the Northwest’s largest expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as an ambassador for the Cab from the growing Horse Heaven Hills. Enticing aromas of blackberry jam and plum include caramel corn and orange oil. Inside, sweet cherries, black currant and dark chocolate flavors are joined by a sprinkling of baking spices over the fine-grained tannins and blueberry acidity. Its long finish will serve it well alongside grilled meats, lamb roast and strongly flavored cheeses.
Production: 350,000 cases
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