Snoqualmie Vineyards 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $20

By on June 30, 2014

Snoqualmie Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bottleThe waiting game in the Pacific Northwest for Cabernet Sauvignon got stretched out in 2011, and Joy Andersen began pulling the fruit off Cold Creek and the nearby Wahluke Slope for her reserve tier on Oct. 26. She dropped it in oak for nearly two years, which begins to explain the nose of crushed walnut, dark plum, Marionberry and newly tanned leather. The palate brings flavors of dark boysenberry and plump blueberry with sturdy tannins and good length. Suggested pairings include rib roast and Pasta Bolognese.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,400 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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