2008 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Cabernet – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://tamarackcellars.com/

Many of the 2008 reds from Washington State are really starting to open up nicely right now and I found this Cabernet Sauvignon from Tamarack Cellars no exception.

Technical Data:

  • Release Info: Bottlesd November 2011 & Released November 2011
  • Appelation: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyards: Bacchus Vineyard, Tapteil Vineyard, Weinbau Vineyard, Dionysus Vineyard, Seven Hills Vineyard, • DuBrul Vineyard, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
  • Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
  • Cooperage: 65% new oak, all French oak with the remaining a mix of one year and older French oak. The barrels are from select coopers, the oak from a variety of forests and the wine remained for 22 months in the barrels.
  • pH 3.64
  • Total Acidity 0.64
  • Alcohol: 14.53%
  • Cases: 1162 Cases
  • Prices: $32/bottle

Nose: Dirt-laced cherries, licorice, currant, caramel and raspberries.

Taste: A really nice blast up front of sour cherry mixed with light caramel. I also get a light cocoa dusting, desert sand, red vines licorice. The mid palate has beautiful acidity, bright red fruit and tannins that are starting to mellow a bit. The finish is not really a new-world style at all and I love that. It has a tart finish that lingers well and leaves a very cleansing sensation – would be a great cab with beef fondue or marinated flank steak.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%