RKS Wine: Wonderful Washington State?

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)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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