Hells Canyon Winery 2012 Artists Conservation Series Cabernet Sauvignon. Snake River Valley, $30

By on November 12, 2016

hells-canyon-winery-artist-conservation-series-cabernet-sauvignon-2012-labelPuget Sound illustrator Fred W. Thomas may be best-known for drawing the iconic smiling Eskimo on Alaska Airlines aircraft, but his work on behalf of hunters and anglers fits beautifully on the bottles of longtime Idaho vintner Steve Robertson. Here, the featured painting is Summer Rise. Hells Canyon Vineyard near Ste. Chapelle is a prized site, and this estate-produced Cabernet Sauvignon offers a range of black currant and plum with dark chocolate and herbal tones that carry on through to the palate. Those dark fruit flavors hold up alongside firm tannins as food-friendly acidity provides balance and rewarding length.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 172 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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