Cloudlift Cellars 2013 Halcyon Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $30

By on June 28, 2016

cloudlift-cellars-halcyon-cabernet-sauvignon-2013-labelThe flagship wine for this young winery in Seattle’s Sodo district is a blend of Sagemoor Vineyards’ Bacchus Block 10 Cab – one of the state’s oldest plantings – rising star Elephant Mountain in Rattlesnake Hills and Alder Ridge in the dusty Horse Heaven Hills. The custom furniture craftsman select for a wood program of one-third new French oak – aged in perhaps the state’s tiniest barrel room – to create aromas akin to stepping into a coffee shop for a mocha, joined by Hostess berry pie and a charcuterie plate. It’s big, bold, dark and heavy with pleasing black cherry flavors, lots of toast, coffee, assertive yet managed tannins and a black currant farewell. Enjoy with marinated flank steak, a rib roast or backyard sliders.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 205 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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