Decades of history are behind the fingerprint of the late Bill Powers on the grape leaf that’s embossed on the label of this stately Cabernet Sauvignon from what’s arguably the most prized site for the variety in Washington. Bill and his son, Greg, worked with Paul Champoux’s vineyard starting in 1992. Jose Mendoza, their winemaker, is in his third decade at the cellar. His 32-month barrel program in French oak, more than half of those new wood, produces results that are rich with Bing cherry and Baker’s chocolate, joined by vanilla bean, nicely managed tannins and a touch of leather. Champoux Cab ranks among the state’s most ageworthy wines, making them a worthy tribute to Bill Powers, whose silhouette appears on the back of the bottle.
Production: 1,190 cases