10 fab Cabs from the Pacific Northwest

By on October 27, 2013
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Grande Ronde Cellars 2007 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $30

grande-ronde-cellars-brown-logoDave Westfall and his two partners recently moved the production facility to downtown Spokane, not far from their lively tasting room. They work with very small lots and their attention to detail and patience shows. Here’s a classic Cab from start to finish, leading with aromas of dark cherry, milk chocolate, vanilla, cedar, black pepper and graphite. Elegance is immediately apparent on the palate black currant, plum, slate, more pepper and cocoa. Its medium tannin structure, pleasing acidity and restrained alcohol make for tremendous length of flavors. For those in the Spokane area, the famed Davenport Hotel & Tower offers a sip-and-stay promotion that includes a $20 voucher for Grande Ronde and other member wineries.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 270 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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 .