2007 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)

Dark hue of purple all the way to the rim. The nose has hints of currant and plums but lots of cedar and blackberry. Across the plate more blackberry, licorice tar and oaky tannins. Intensely concentrated but not overly extracted. The fruit for this blend comes from a who’s-who of premium Columbia Valley vineyards such as Stillwater Creek, Alder Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills and Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. Very good but needs a little more bottle time. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petit Verdot

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2007 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope

Dusty cherry and spice on the nose. This wine is a bit young but still shows nice blackberry and plumb fruit across the palate with hints of spice and tobacco. The finish is moderately tannic and lingering. An excellent value at $28. The fruit for this red wine comes from the Wahluke Slope AVA around Yakima, Washington. It’s one of the warmest climate growing regions in Washington state. Gravelly, rocky soil, combined with a dry, warm climate, make Wahluke Slope one of the best places in Washington to grow wine grapes.

2005 OS R3 Columbia Valley

2005_R3Dark inky purple color. The nose is rather closed but shows some wild dark fruit and mineral. This red wine blend of 45 % Carbenet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc has notes of dusty blackberry, dried anise, and pepper. Not bad but slightly flat. I was expecting more from this producer. R3 is blended from selected lots from Klipsun, Sheridan, Champoux, Ciel de Cheval, Dineen and Meek vineyards all from the Columbia Valley AVA.

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2006 Sinanne Abondante

SineannThe nose has hints of blackberry and coffee. The fruit flavors are forward but refined and consist of cherry, blackberry and plumb. Just a touch of spice at the end of the medium length finish.  More “old world” in character than not. The wine is a mash up of wines made from grapes grown by Lonnie Wright in the Columbia Valley near The Dalles, Oregon. This red blend has an interesting mix of Syrah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent for the price ($23).

2006 Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Washington, Columbia Valley

Medium red/purple color. The nose has aromas of black fruit and savory spice. Easy drinking with jammy black cherry and plumb. Although it’s fruit forward there is a nice complexity to this wine with layers of spice mid palate and all through the medium to long finish. Go06cabsauvrdon Brothers is a very consistent producerof relatively affordable Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon red wines from the Columbia Valley appellation. The fruit comes from their estate which claims a  “unique volcanic soil breakdown that includes basalt, sandy loam, clay loam and gravelly loam. The earth of the Gordon Brothers estate vineyard produces grapes of great depth and intensity. ” This vintage is an excellent example of a very good Washington Cabernet Sauvignon. Worth the $22.

2005 L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley


2005_lecoleCrimson and purple color. The nose has the classic Washington Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of fruit jam, to go along with the pan grille and cedar flavors. The palate shows currant and dried plumb with well rounded tannins. Easy drinking and elegant. This wine is a blend of several premium Columbia Valley vineyards including: Bacchus & Dionysus, Klipsun, Willard, Portteus, Pepper Bridge, Stone Tree, Candy Mountain and their Estate Seven Hills Vineyard. L’Ecole No. 41 picks and ferments their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with small lot fermentation, punched down by hand which controls tannin and phenolics. It is aged 22 months in French and American oak barrels. They claim aging potential of 10-15 years after bottling. I would not wait that long. This wine should be enjoyed over the next 2-4 years.



2006 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3 (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills)

columbia-crest_h3Spicy plumb stew on the nose. The flavors are a ripe mix of plumb, red cherry, anise, mint, and black pepper. The mouth feel is a nice balance of softness and fine grained tannins. This wine from the Horse Heaven Hills region of Washington is quite the value. Winemaker Ray Einberger has done an excellent job with this designated Cabernet Sauvignon for two vintages in a row. For those looking for a value fruit forward Cabernet this wine fits the bill. Unlike most quality Cabernet Sauvignon’s from Washington this wine is readily available and can be found in many grocery store wine sections.

2005 Powers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Champoux Vineyard (Washington, Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills)

Very intense fruit breaks through on the nose with cherry, cassis and vanilla. Ultra ripe fruit flavors of cherry, plumb currant and a spicy hit at the very end of the long finish. The tannins are lingering and will mellow over time. The wine is still a little young and could use some additional (1-2 years) bottle time.powers

2005 Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot Indian Wells (Columbia Valley)

iw_merlot_2005Deep purple in color. the nose gives off aromas of vanilla and black cherry. The black cherry holds on through the palate along with a smokey note. The finish is medium length with fine grained tannins. Very good but just short of outstanding.

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2006 Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard (Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills)

andrew-will-champouxStill a little tight and tannic given it’s age. Needs a little more time in bottle to come into it’s own. Great fruit forward style with black currant, cherry and chocolate all working well together. The tannins are still in the way some but they will lay down over time. Be patient. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.