Patterson Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $40

By on March 21, 2014

patterson-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon-2011Woodinville’s John Patterson first learned by making wine at his father’s side before refining his talents at the Northwest Wine Academy, which is part of South Seattle Community College. Along the way, their family operation has migrated from Monroe to its tasting room in the popular Hollywood Hills District. Their Cabernet Sauvignon from a cooler vintage exudes lots of complexity, starting with its nose of Bing cherry, black cherry, black pepper and green olive, along with cocoa powder, minerality and hints of savory Chex Mix. The entry to the palate carries a focused theme of cherries, currant and plums with a medium structure and good length. It’s built for the long haul with its bright acidity, but it’s also got the balance for lean cuts of beef. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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