2011 Dunham Cellars/MacLachlan "Pursued by Bear" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1314457 Wine Spectator

 Firm in texture, with a light blanket of grippy tannins enveloping the licorice-accented black cherry and smoke flavors, lingering on the fine-grained finish. Best after 2017.

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Pursued by Bear is actor Kyle MacLachlan's wine label out of Washington's Columbia Valley, made in conjunction with Dunham Cellars. Far from a vanity project, MacLachlan has long been in charge of sourcing and selecting the fruit and handling all the blending trials. consulting with winemaker Dan Wampfler who works nearby at Abeja. The wines are classic in style and consistently well-made from vintage to vintage, showcasing the best that Washington State vineyards have to offer.

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/8/2017 | Send Email
Actor Kyle MacLachlan and Dunham Cellars have come together to create this Pursued by Bear label with fruit sourced from 3 vineyards in Columbia Valley. This is a small production project of just 367 cases and we were lucky enough to grab a few. 100% French oak aging for over 2 years from a single cooper gives this Cabernet focus and finesse. It is bold and rustic with great structure that will provide longevity in the cellar. Dark flavors and aromas of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and chocolate along with dried leaf and earthy character really shine.

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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.
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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.
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Washington

- 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.