10 Washington Cabs to drink now

By on June 15, 2014

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Wine grapes from Red Mountain are among the most highly sought after in Washington state.

Cabernet Sauvignon thrives on Washington’s Red Mountain. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of Washington wine, becoming the state’s top variety during last fall’s harvest.

Many Washington winemakers realized the state’s opportunity with Cabernet Sauvignon years ago, and some of Washington’s most famous wines have been Cabernet Sauvignon, including Quilceda Creek’s multiple 100-point scores for Cabernet Sauvignon and Columbia Crest’s 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which was selected No. 1 wine in the world by Wine Spectator.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile grape that grows in many regions of Washington, including the Walla Walla and Yakima valleys, Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and the Wahluke Slope. Many Washington Cabs carry the Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area designation because the wine is made using grapes from vineyards in multiple AVAs.

Here are 10 Washington Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

About Great Northwest Wine

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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