2013 Cayuse "The Widowmaker" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1246373 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 In the same ballpark as the Camaspelo, the 2013 The Widowmaker sports an inky purple color to go with classic Cabernet aromatics (graphite, cassis, smoked earth) on the nose. Full-bodied, powerful, structured and even edgy on the palate, with building tannin and bright acidity, this will be one to hide in the cellar, and I wouldn't expect it to shows signs of maturity before its 10th birthday. (JD)  (3/2015)

94 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Slightly stemmy complexity to the aromas of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate, complicated and enlivened by sexy floral and orange peel high notes. Wonderfully concentrated, silky and savory, boasting outstanding depth of dark fruit flavor with terrific lift and definition. This very suave, compellingly spicy wine really reverberates on the palate-staining aftertaste. (ST)  (11/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and rich, with powdery tannins framing a generous core of cherry, currant, cocoa and savory spice flavors that persist into a long and expressive finish. (HS)  (8/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Expressive aromas of funk, ember, moist soil, truffle, olive and high-toned dried herbs are followed by a freshly elegant and flavor-focused palate. The balance and length are exquisite. (SS)  (12/2016)

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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.