By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.saviahcellars.com
The Walla Walla Valley has really grown-up in many ways, not the least of them is its ability to churn out world-class Cabernet Sauvignon at prices that drive regions like Napa crazy. This stellar bottle of Cab comes from Saviah Cellars and is a really good example of what the Walla Walla AVA is capable of for under $50.
- Vineyard Sources: Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Anna Marie Vineyard, McClellan Estate Vineyard
- pH: 3.69
- TA: 0.54 g/100mL
- Alcohol: 14.1%
- Cooperage: Aged 20 months in small oak barrels – 50% new French oak
- Production: 1200 cases
Nose: Black cherry cola with overtones of vanilla, dark chocolate, dried raspberries and spice. I also get notes of shoe polish, leather, tobacco and charred meats.
Taste: Black raspberry, black cherry cola, leather sole of a shoe, peppercorn, licorice, 80% cocoa and a hint of vanilla. This is a sublime Cabernet Sauvignon that sets the standard for excellence, not only in its price point but for many cabs 2-3x its price. The tannin, acids and fruit are totally spot-on. If I used the 100-pt rating system, I’d give it a 98. But as it stands, W.E.P. Rules, so this is easily a 200% rating.
W.E.P. Rating: 200%
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