In the past few months, with some exceptions, I am looking to Washington for quality affordable red wine. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have proven to be winners and superior to Californian in the same price range.
I couldn’t resist picking up a Drumheller 2018 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. You see Drumheller is a city in the province of Alberta in Canada. I can imagine this wine being a big seller in the bustling metropolis of Drumheller Alberta.
On the nose there is a Washingtoness to the wine which is a bit hard to define other than it has the smell of quality far above its price range. If I can be mystical blueberry, older American oak, raspberry, milk chocolate, black cherry and cedar. On the palate the tannins are soft and the acids are under control. There is a warmth and coziness to the palate above its price range. There is black cherry, raspberry pie and cactus pear with a short finish. Would suit Beef or Mushroom Wellington if you have the energy to make it. I have an image of sitting in Paterson Washington in the fall with a roaring fire and some good jazz with a bottle of this wine. Cozy indeed!
Drink by the end of 2023. I do not think it will improve in the bottle.
(Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Columbia Valley, Washington , Drumheller Wines, Paterson, Washington, $18.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 551473, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine Rating 92/100)