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Tamarack - Washington Cabernet "one serious bottle of wine" - 08/01/2013 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

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2010 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($27.99)

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." (06/2013)

Staff ImageJim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 31, 2013

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 ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2013

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 ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 29, 2013

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.