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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Spectator
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%
Item no. 109329
The "Artist Series" Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. These vineyards produce fantastic wine in their own right; when blended, they produce extraordinary wine.
This wine has a generous nose of earth, subtle oak and spiced cocoa integrated with black fruits and very ripe cherry. A sweet, rich mouth feel begins with cassis and ripe black berry, leading towards chocolate and mocha. Soft, integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will definitely benefit from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for eight years or more.
Powerful and dense, this old-school cabernet is well made in a stylish, oak-driven mode, its plum flavor layered with tawny scents of vanillin and salted caramel. The finish is firm, the wine meant to be cellared. Give it several years, then serve with steak.
Rich and ripe, with a green edge to the ripe plum and cherry flavors, lingering with deft balance on the firm-textured finish. Best after 2013.