Feather 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $60

By on June 1, 2014

long-shadows-vintners-feather-bottleNapa Valley star Randy Dunn, who helped Caymus become famous, combines a bit of hedonism with aging potential in this Washington state Cab via Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla. He stayed within eyesight of the Columbia River every step of the way with his fruit sourcing of Weinbau (35%), Dionysus (30%), StoneTree (27%) and venerable Sagemoor, then poured the juice in 90% new French oak barrels from Vicard for nearly two years. Hence the nose of blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, cigar box, crushed herbs and moist earth. The fruit comes through on the palate with a big entry of blackberry and cassis, followed by fine-grained plum skin tannins and a bold rush of pie cherry acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,919 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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