It is grand not having to associate Washington with corruption, riots and Trump. I am referring to the state of Washington that has a good reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon.
This one is from Canoe Ridge Vineyard sourcing grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills.
On the nose you get a sense of new French oak with generous wafts of vanilla. Loads of blueberry and blueberry pie. There is also some raspberry jam and blackberry. On the palate there aren’t a load of tannins hanging around. What you will get is a nicely oaked a smooth wine with a taste of blueberry, coconut and raspberry coulis. Quite the perfect balance of acids and tannins. Confident yet not boasting too much jamminess or oak it is a good sipping wine. As for food it will do well there with home baked Focaccia topped with a chunky and garlicky tomato sauce and no cheese needed however a good crumbling sprinkle of Feta might enhance your munching experience.
At $29.95 you might call this an entry point for California Cabernet Sauvignon. Land being cheaper in Washington State it might be said that state can produce wine cheaper than California can.
I may be on the edge and say this is an elegant Cab. I would think that it will not improve with ageing but it will be consistent through to 2023.
By the way Walla Walla produces some 11 million kilos of red onions famous for their low sulfur and sweetness.
(Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington,Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Walla Walla, Washington, $29.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 15829, 750 mL, 13.9%, Robert K. Stephen Set The Bar Rating 94/100).