Smasne Cellars 2012 Upland Vineyard Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Snipes Mountain, $50

By on June 8, 2016

smasne-cellars-upland-vineyard-old-vine-cabernet-sauvignon-2012-labelRobert Smasne works with nearly a dozen vineyards in Washington and Oregon, but the Newhouse family’s Upland Vineyard – near his hometown of Grandview – serves as the source for 14 of his vineyard-designated wines. Year after year, his Old Vine Cab ranks among the best in Washington, and this doesn’t disappoint. It starts with a classic nose of Bing cherry, black currant and blackberry with dark chocolate and chalkboard dust. The drink is a dark and luscious, bringing flavors of cherries, plum and roasted coffee. Tamed tannins and delicious acidity allow for notes of sage, black olive and black walnut to fan out across the finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 82 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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