Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Washington wine country

By on December 13, 2015
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Cabernet Sauvignon – known amid winemakers as King Cab – is the No. 1 red wine grape in Washington. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Ask most winemakers around Washington about Cabernet Sauvignon, and they are likely to refer to the bold red wine as “King Cab.” And in Washington, Cab is the king of wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon grows well just about wherever it is planted (within reason), and it is most famous in the two most-renowned wine regions in the world: Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Here in Washington, it has gained quite the reputation and, as a result, is the No. 1 red wine grape in the state.

In Washington, Cabernet Sauvignon is most famous on Red Mountain and in the Horse Heaven Hills, but it also grows beautifully in the Walla Walla Valley, Lake Chelan, the broad Columbia Valley and regions of the Yakima Valley. It’s just that versatile.

We’ve put together a list of a dozen delicious Cabernet Sauvignons from Washington that 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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