2014 Gramercy Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet
“My love for Cabernet is growing so deep that I’m am now getting mocked by 25 year old sommeliers in New York City. On a recent trip, I suggested we order a fantastic classified Bordeaux. (I’m not throwing down for First Growths. There is now a lot of value in Bordeaux.) One of them commented – Dude, you are OLD. Next, you are going to want to order Port. Fully mocked. But sorry, I have grown to love well balanced, thoughtfully made, terroir-driven Cabernet, especially in Washington.
“As we said in 2014, the Cabernet Sauvignon always contains two vital parts – Phinny Hill and Sagemoor Vineyards. They are like chocolate and peanut butter together. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is about 60% Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon. Each vineyard contributes vitally to the final blend. Phinny is backbone and elegance; Bacchus, as the vines are 45+ years old, is all about power and complexity.”
“Checking in as a rough blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot, the inky colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon offers classic Cabernet notes of black currants, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and damp earth. Beautifully layered on the palate, with full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate depth and a touch of graphite on the finish, this is a sensational Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon that will have 20-25 years of longevity..” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.