Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24

By on November 24, 2014

maryhill-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-bottleThe Yakima Valley branch of the Tudor family, deeply rooted in Southern California’s wine industry for a century, is burnishing its reputation for quality grape growing in Washington state, and Tudor Hills Vineyard fruit is taking on a larger role at Maryhill. It dominates this spicy, chocolaty and dark Cabernet Sauvignon made by Richard Batchelor, who used a program of 50% new oak. Those barrels create fun aromas of gingersnap cookie and cocoa powder along with blackberry, dark raspberry and crushed herbs. Flavors run the gamut of black currant, boysenberry, Western serviceberry and brown sugar, while the structure is balanced with a long finish of mocha, vanilla bean and black licorice. Suggested pairings include gyros, lamb, prime rib and Chocolate Lava Cake.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,900 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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