Plumb Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $36

By on September 11, 2015

Plumb Cellars-2011-Cabernet SauvignonWalla Walla Valley homebuilder Gary Kagels used a plumb bob when orchestrating the vineyard planting for his wife and winery partners Crandall Kyle and Edie & Dale Johnson. Their stylish Cabernet Sauvignon, however, comes from two of Washington state’s oldest sites — Gamache and Sagemoor. The nose nurtured by Kyle, their lead winemaker, features hints of black plum, dark chocolate, moist earth and minerality. On the palate, it’s an easy drink of black currant, plum and blueberry with an elegant tannin structure and juicy finish. This wine earned a double gold medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, an annual scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College — where both Kagels and Kyle studied enology and viticulture.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 83 cases

Alcohol: 13.3%

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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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