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YEAR'S BEST US CABERNETS & BLENDS
94 | Quilceda Creek

$200

2016 Red Mountain Galitzine Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon ^ From Quilceda's
17-acre high-density Red Mountain
planting devoted entirely to Clone 8
cabernet sauvignon, this wine is a masculine
expression of Red Mountain, with its
windborne herb scents of wild sage, cigar
box, cedar and smoke, its concentrated fruit
limned with a dark espresso accent. The wine
tastes as if a compote of dark berry fruit was
drizzled with olive oil, the textures powerful,
gripping, flecked with fine soil tannins that
feel granular and long. This is a baby. Cellar.
-P.J.C. (W&S 10/20) §

It's cedary and chocolatey, finishing with a
dusting of minerals. For the cellar. -P.J.C. §
522007

93 | Cadence

$60

2017 Red Mountain Bel Canto ^ This is
Cadence's cabernet franc-heavy blend,
about three-quarters franc, the rest merlot
and petit verdot. It leads with a coniferous
scent, herbaceous and bright, with accents
of pink peppercorn and red berry. The oak
dominates at first but by day two it falls into
line, lending precision and firmness to the
wine. It's nimble-bodied; for lamb. -P.J.C.

93 | DeLille Cellars

$75

2017 Red Mountain Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon ^ DeLille's Lot 3 comes from the warm
southern end of Red Mountain and tastes
like it: The 2017 is smoky and cedar-lined
at the outset, with a structure so massive it
almost lumbers in the glass. The flavors take
on a savory tone with air, like soy-scented
plums, while the tannins give the wine a firm
burst of energy. -P.J.C. §

522003

521993

93 | Canvasback

521939

93 | Ambassador Wines
of Washington

$55

2017 Red Mountain Plenipotentiary Cabernet Sauvignon ^ After the demonstrative
oak recedes into the background with some
time in the glass, this wine proves to be not
so much brutish as it is broad, with deep flavors tinged with caramel and tobacco leaf.
It's tannic and youthful, needing cellar time
to knit. -P.J.C. §

$42

2017 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
(Best Buy) ^ Duckhorn's estate at the higher
elevations of Red Mountain, planted in
2013, is becoming a precocious fruit source.
This 2017 offers a lot of wine for the price,
with intriguing tension between its savory
elements-tobacco leaf, sun-dried tomato
skin, cedar frond, mocha-and firm darkplum fruit. It's a weighty wine, with formidable tannins, but it's delivered wholly on the
rails, detailed and on point for steak. -P.J.C. §
521994

93 | Canvasback

$84

2017 Red Mountain Grand Passage Cabernet Sauvignon ^ This Red Mountain cabernet leads with accents of spice, cedar, mocha,
olive and rye grain. It's got plenty of Mountain power, even as its black fruits possess an
inky, velvety smoothness. The huge payload
of dry extract and black tannins will cut into
fatty meats, like lamb shoulder. -P.J.C. §
521345

93 | Col Solare

521942

93 | Ambassador Wines
of Washington

$75

2017 Red Mountain Sunset Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ^ From a vineyard adjacent
to Ambassador's main estate, this wine is
intense, compact and tightly woven. The
cherry flavors take a day to appear from
under the powerful frame of sumptuous oak.
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$95

2017 Red Mountain Collector's Society ^
Mostly merlot, the rest cabernet sauvignon
and franc, this blend doesn't shy away from
Red Mountain's inherent power, but channels it into an elegant expression. It starts
out an inky purple, with fleshy blackberry
and mocha flavors just as dense and dark.
A lead-pencil line of tannins issues restraint
and savor, and suggests that this has the stuffing to age. -P.J.C. (W&S 10/20; 310 cases) §
521973

92 | Cadence

$27

92 | Cadence

$45

92 | DeLille Cellars

$75

92 | DeLille Cellars

$85

2018 Red Mountain Coda (Best Buy) ^ This
well-priced wine from Cadence, composed
of second lots from the vintage, is not quite
three-quarters cabernet franc, the balance
merlot, with lifted red fruit-plum, dark
cherry and bramble. It's not so much a powerhouse as a cornerback, nimble, playful and
bright, with more demonstrable acidity than
most Red Mountain reds. -P.J.C. §
522004
2017 Red Mountain Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (Best Buy) ^ This blend of cabernet
franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit
verdot is a big wine, with woozy cherry and
plum flavors and a salty edge. Clean and
frank, reined in with finessed tannins, it's
ideal for a steak. -P.J.C. §
521974
2017 Red Mountain Shaw Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ^ Shaw Vineyards is among
the largest and most ambitious plantings on
Red Mountain; at 600-plus acres, it's become
an important new source for Red Mountain
fruit. This bottling really brings the heat,
projecting inky red fruits, tobacco leaf and
plenty of caramelly oak. It's vinous, dense
and powerful in its tannic grip, a wine with
several years of life ahead of it. -P.J.C. §
521352
2017 Red Mountain Chaleur Estate ^ About
two-thirds cabernet sauvignon, the balance
merlot, franc and petit verdot, this starts off
reductive, until a wave of herbed blue fruit
emerges, pure and sleek. It is a stalwart wine,
elegant and upright. For an herbed pork
chop. -P.J.C. (W&S 10/20; 592 cases) §


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