North by Northwest 2013 The Explorer Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $25

By on February 23, 2016

north-by-northwest-explorer-series-cabernet-sauvignon-2013-bottleOregon icon King Estate created this brand in order to explore regions in the Northwest beyond the boundaries of the Beaver State, and this trip takes in some of Washington’s most prized vineyards — Heather Hill and Les Collines in the Walla Walla Valley along with Alder Ridge and The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills. It receives a healthy injection of Merlot (21%) and the 18 months in barrel leads to robust oak notes of French roast coffee and tar with vanilla and pink peppercorns. Inside, it is dominated by ripe fruit flavors of black cherry, Marionberry and red currant, framed by sweet tannins, cinnamon powder and vanilla extract.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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