2008 Three Rivers Walla Walla Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.threeriverswinery.com

Three Rivers winery, located near the western outskirts of Walla Walla, is a recognizable, staple brand within that area as it has been producing quality vino for quite awhile now. This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Walla Walla AVA and does a decent job of showcasing that area.

Technical Data: 

  • Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
  • Harvest Date: 2009
  • PH: 3.79
  • Barrel Aging: 18 Months – 100% French Oak – 50% New Barrels
  • Fermentation: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
  • Bottling Date: May 2011
  • Alcohol: 14.6%
  • Price: $39

Nose: Dirty cherries – the kind that need to be spanked in an effort to unsoil them. Earthy, red fruit, allspice, leather, cocoa powder and a hint of a star wars action figure that’s been smothered in big league chew bubble-gum.

Taste: This is a cab that has allt he things I love about Walla Walla Cab without being over extracted and leaves the acids in check. It’s laced with flavors of spiced cherries, soil, rhubarb, raspberry and clay. Nice combination of fruit, acid and tannin across the mid palate but the tannins still are screaming out with a bit too much firmness due to its relaitve youth. Want to drink it now? Decant for a few hours but it should become a better wine in a few more years of bottle aging.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%