Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon
A Master Class In Cabernet Sauvignon? Sounds a bit pretentious to me. Let's see what they had to say about Washington Cabs. All the usual suspects wear there - Leonetti, Quilceda Creek, Long Shadows, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, but so many outstanding Cabs were missing especially Pepper Bridge and Andrew Will. Although L'Ecole almost always produces beautiful wines, the 2003s recommended by the Spectator just didn't do it for me. At least they did get it right with Cougar Crest from David and Deborah Hansen. Kudos to Ben Smith and Gaye McNutt and congratulations to the Spectator for really getting it right on this one. All four Cadence blends, Coda, Tapteil, Klipsun, and Ciel du Cheval scored over 90.
Catie (W5), recently posted an excellent piece on "terroir." I believe that Washington AVAs and individual vineyards have distinctive terroirs despite the youth of our vineyards. Look for posts on Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, and Puget Sound Cabs to say nothing of other Washington AVAs. Also, check out our special Cab posting for Wine Blogging Wednesday #34.