2008 Va Piano Columbia Valley Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.vapianovineyards.com
Justin Wylie’s passion for quality wine continues to come through in this 2008 release of his Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s composition 100% cab and that’s not a common thing to find any more as most “cabs” are actually blended with another grape.
Pulling grapes from the greater Columbia Valley at larges gives Justin a lot more vineyards to choose from than what is available in Walla Walla.
Technical Data:
  • Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vineyard Sources: 27% Seven Hills Vineyard, 20% Phinney Hill Vineyard, 12% Portteus Vineyard, 10% Dionysus Vineyard, 10% Klipsun Vineyard, 9% Va Piano Vineyard,  7% Chelle den Millie Vineyard and 5% Destiny Ridge Vineyard
  • Oak Composition: 50% New French, 50% Neutral French
  • Barrel Aging: 23 months
  • 14.4% Alcohol,
  • .60 TA
  •  3.75pH
  • Price: $40

Nose: Peppered raspberries, cherries, dark cocoa powder, tobacco leaf, fruit cake, black licorice and slightly burnt leather.

Taste: Insane layers of red fruit combined with licorice, blackberry preserves, peppercorns, dark chocolate and leather. Good mid palate transition that kicks in a good amount of still-young tannin and a fair amount of acidity to keep things held together well into the finish. The finish lingers a combo of black and red fruits with more of that lovely licorice action. Drinks good now – should be insantly stellar in another 5 years.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%