2010 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1136185 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of the 2010s I was able to taste and one serious bottle of wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is classic in every way. Exhibiting textbook black currant, tobacco, thyme and hints of leather, it rounds out on the palate and possesses age-worthy structure, medium to full-body, integrated acidity and a big, mineral-tinged finish. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following decade or more. Drink 2017-2027.  (6/2013)

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2013 | Send Email
This is a fantastic (possibly better) follow up to the well received 2009 Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon. Bold red currant, graphite, mineral, tar, light spice and rounded out by the typical broad Washington tanins. This is a very well structured Caberenet for under $30!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
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The atypical 2010 vintage was one of the coolest in recent memory in Washington state, delivering an inordinately mild summer and autumn that allowed the fruit to hang cool, reaching the perfect state of grace between alcohol levels, PH and acidity. In other words, the makings of a terrific vintage and truly elegant bottle of wine. Tamarack Cellars purchased grapes for this Cabernet cuvee from six renowned vineyards throughout the state and separated individual lots for at least a year before blending and aging in partially new French oak for two years. A lot of effort for under thirty bucks per bottle, but the reward? Intense, aromatic fruit and alluring flavors of black currant, bitter cherry, balsamic and boysenberry penetrate the palate, ballasted by a pleasing spine of fine acidity and elegant, evolving tannins, all harmonious components for a fine future. A superbly-wrought wine, highly recommended.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
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Another great bottle from Tamarack. Classic structured, dense and complex Washington Cab. Nose of black fruits, graphite, dark toast, pine needle, and leather. Pretty serious on the palate, this is not a flashy, juicy, soft, fruity Cab; this is the real deal complete with some grippy tannins and savory charcoal and soil nuances. Fantastic with bone in cut on the grill.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
This Washington Cab does not disappoint. It is a solid offering of blackberry, light spice, and oak aromas that lead into a well rounded, balanced delivery of delicious cassis and a slight earthiness. The structure of the wine allows for a persistent and medium length finish that is extremely pleasant. Tamarack Cellars has put out another fantastic bottling.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
Cassis, espresso, cedar, and roast herbs on the nose lead into a palate dominated by tart-edged, plumy fruit, backed with pencil shavings. The wine has a solid depth of flavor, moderate tannins, and while accessible now, it may well improve with a little near-term cellaring. Overall, this is a Cabernet whose constituent parts all work together harmoniously, without any excesses or deficiencies.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2013 | Send Email
Quietly Tamarack Cellars have been cranking out some of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon over the last few years. Some of you may remember the 2009 Cabernet we sold from them around the Holidays of 2012, it was a rousing success for us and there were plenty of complements by our customer on how delicious the wines was. The 2010, I think, is just as successful mainly due to the amazing fruit that is put into this wine. Tamarack uses some of the highest regarded vineyards in the state in the production of this wine, Ciel Du Cheval, Taptiel, Seven Hills, Weinbau are just some of the big name fruit sources that go into this wine. This is akin to taking the best vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga, blending them together and selling it for less than $30. In the bottle the wine is certainly more structured than was displayed in the 2009 with a much more tannic structure and more complexity of aromas and flavors than was dictated by the hotter vintage previous. Dense and inky in the glass this is a big, masculine wine with plenty to offer those that want their Cabs to punch them in the mouth a little but yet is still restrained enough to be drunk now, preferably with rare red meat. Licorice, tar, sweet pipe tobacco, cassis and olive flavors are all discernable and delicious. The finish is long and powerful alluding to the possibility of a long life ahead. My best guess is that the zone for this wine is from December 2013 to sometime in 2018.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.