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VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
DesignationWahluke Cabernet
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationWahluke Slope

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2015 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.1 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tward on 6/15/2015 & rated 87 points: A nice value down the middle Cab that drank well over two nights. This isn't really exciting, but it shows the varietal well and has more elegance than most domestic (or otherwise) at the (Seattle email shop) price. (41 views)
 Tasted by Francophile on 10/7/2014 & rated 88 points: A reasonable mixed wine where the Cab Wav predominated (257 views)
 Tasted by Francophile on 1/15/2014 & rated 88 points: Glad I kept this a little longer as this was a pretty decent wine and this had good balance (507 views)
 Tasted by ob2s on 6/27/2013 & rated 88 points: Nice mystery wine from Garagiste (for a change). (569 views)
 Tasted by Francophile on 5/24/2013 & rated 89 points: I thought this slightly short on body but a nice smooth blend for the price (439 views)
 Tasted by Francophile on 4/18/2013 & rated 88 points: This was nicer than I recall the last of these but was a nicely balanced wine, a little sharp (acidic) but quite acceptable as a quaffable wine (480 views)
 Tasted by joraesque on 2/28/2013 & rated 89 points: Light to medium bodied, with medium tannins. Initially dusty Old-World Bordeaux nose, it started showing notes of iron after 10 minutes, coffee liquor after 20 minutes, cassis (a characteristic of some Washington State Cabs) after 30, and chives and fresh manure after an hour. On the palate it transitioned through (dominant) flavors of vanilla extract and coffee liquor (especially on the backpalate), and then the flavor profile started evening out after about 45 minutes, bringing these contrasting flavors into balance with an addition of dried herbs (marjoram?). Medium finish of coffee liquor and some vanilla and toasty oak. An awesome "mystery wine" buy from Garagiste (at $10 below retail)! 89+ (435 views)
 Tasted by wgmccallum on 11/1/2012 & rated 88 points: Retiring on the nose, typical American Cabernet with rich chocolatey
tones, but dark fruit and good tannic structure on the tongue,
surprising curt finish which makes a definitive and authoritative
statement. Despite my prejudices about this style it grows on me. (488 views)
 Tasted by ob2s on 9/22/2012 & rated 83 points: Drinks like a nice wahluke cab cut with 33% water. Time to review the garagiste hyperbole to see what was so convincing. (607 views)

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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

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