2015 Pursued by Bear Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1430957 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The Bordeaux blend is the 2015 Pursued by Bear, which checks in as 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot that spent a whopping 32 months in barrel prior to bottling. It’s another gem offering classic currant fruit, lots of spicy oak, cedar, and tobacco aromas, full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and a seamless texture. Its balance and purity stand out, and while it will benefit from 2-4 years or bottle age, I suspect it will keep for 20-25 years.  (4/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Distinguished and refined, featuring elegantly complex flavors of blackberry, tobacco and clove, with intriguing dark spice notes that take on polish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2026. (TF)  (5/2019)

91 points James Suckling

 A dark, brambly feel to the nose with bracken and leaves, interspersed with red and dark berries. The palate has a smooth and gently grainy edge that delivers mulberry and poached-plum flavors with sinewy, woody punch. Drink in the next six years.  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: The 2015 is a Cabernet-driven beast with fragrant aromas and intense fruit flavors that manage to remain balanced and refined. Full-bodied and voluptuous, this wine is brimming with plush Bing cherries, blueberries and ripe black currants, wrapped in firm, polished tannins. Grapes were sourced from a diverse collection of three award-winning Washington State vineyards to produce a complex, layered wine. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot. 479 cases produced.


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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.