2008 Jones of Washington Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.jonesofwashington.com

The Jones family is one of the most pervasive produce-growing families in the State of Washington and like many who started off growing things like potatoes, grains and forages – figured it’d be good to use some of their resources (land) to get some grapes going and start a winery. And in the 1990s that’s what they did, plant grapes.

Technical Data:

  • 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Estate Vineyards (unit 11)-Wahluke Slope AVA
  • Total Acidity – .74
  • pH – 3.28
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • Production: 3,400 Cases,
  • Cooperage: 16 Months in 60% French Oak-40% American Oak barrels
  • Price: $17

Nose: Cherries, raspberries, pepper, cola, caramel, red licorice, rose petals and spice.

Taste: White pepper-laced rainer cherries along with strawberries and rapsberries. Across the mid palate I get a nice pick-up of plums but it’s the finish that leaves me a bit dismayed. It’s too short and should hang out longer based on the way this wine starts off.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%