In my humble opinion you get more bang for the buck with Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State than you get from California. For some reason Washington wineries are very skillful with their use of oak.
So why not try a Powers 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley. It has been blended with small amounts of Merlot and yes Chile listen to this, Carménère.
Aromatics: Gotta love that blueberry. But let’s not forget the blackberry and black cherry and just the right lobbying effort by the oak to make its influence noticed.
Palate: This is not one of those warm and immediately approachable Washington Cabernet Sauvignons. It is a bit of a tough guy being very firm. The tannins are just hovering into the medium zone. Blueberry and blueberry pie with a tad of licorice with a bit of a spicy finish. The hyper Cabernet Sauvignon needs a tranquilizer and bed rest for two years to calm down.
Personality: If you are looking for a namby pamby Cabernet Sauvignon to serve at the ladies auxiliary meeting look elsewhere as I am better suited to those ladies running corporate America.
Food Pairing: This wine needs something big to suit its assertiveness. Venison or moose.
Cellarbility: If you like your Cabs big n bold drink now but if you prefer softer drink from 2026-2029.
In a nutshell: No cool running with this Cabernet Sauvignon presently but as time passes mon it will mellow.
Price: $19.95 (Ontario).
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 88/100. James Button (Decanter) 90.
(Powers 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Powers Winery, Kennewick, Washington, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 434456, 750 mL, 14%).