My latest Wine Spectator Magazine edition shows up in my mailbox. Not all that exciting. The next morning I take the magazine and my need for coffee to my local coffee shop nearby. Still not that exciting. Like most times, I start thumbing through the pages, lingering on those where I see something that catches my eye and interest.
Located in the back in the "Buying Guide" under the "Smart Buys" I see a wine from the 2016 Vintage of the Horse Heaven Hills Appellation in Washington State, a Cabernet Sauvignon sporting a very nice 90 Point score with a retail of $17. It's the
Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills The Expedition 2016
My first thought is that I wondered if maybe this was a label owned by one of the largest wine conglomerates, Chateau St. Michelle. after all, they own a bunch of wineries as well as their own label. A quick check and I find it is owned by a large conglomerate, but not St. Michelle. It's Precept Wine. With a little over 20 different wineries to their name and predominantly Washington State, it is a big operation.
Back to the wine.
Located in the South Central area of Washington, Horse Heaven Hills has been the source for some extraordinary wines over the years. I guessed this might be a good time to try one again. Oh, and it was only $14 at my local wine shop!
It was a wine that kind of grew on me. The subtle aromas leading to a wine that, at its core, shows a subtlety of tannins along with a raspberry note that ends with a slight hint of spice. A pleasant medium finish makes the wine a sure bet for lighter meats as well as fish and fowl when combined with saucier sauces (see how I used those words together?).
While it is a young wine, a 2016 Vintage, I don't think it will undergo any serious changes over the short run. Pick it up, drink it up, kind of wine. Gee, did I just invent a new wine saying???