By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2013 | Send Email
Many of you out there know that I’ve been a giant proponent of wines from our neighbors from the north for quite some time. The reasons are simple and straight forward: the wines are delicious, in many cases wildly underpriced and bring both a sense of familiarity yet with a twist to varietals that you already know and love. The 2009 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of all of these traits. Made from some of the best vineyards in Washington state, Ciel du Cheval, DuBrul, Seven Hills Vineyards ring any bells, this Cab blended with 7% Merlot and 4%Cabernet Franc wildly over delivers for under $30. Can you imagine getting a Napa Valley Cab from Beckstoffer Vineyards or Oakville for this price? No Way! Dense and fully weighted this is a delight having a powerful nose of coffee bean, cassis, spice cake and mocha. Creamy and textural this has plenty of “umph” with sappy flavors of crème brûlée, blackberry jam, cocoa powder, black olives all backed by a long toasty oak laden finish from the 65% new French oak that is used. So if you’ve ever had your doubts about what Washington can do I think this wine will set you straight on just what kind of amazing wines are coming from up there.