Apex The Catalyst Red Blend 2010
Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Dark purple in color, the 2010 Catalyst has a Cabernet-driven nose of cassis, forest floor and eucalyptus; cigar tobacco, cocoa dust and pepper. Rich, elegant and inviting, with dark fruit, brown spice and toasty oak flavors, the tannins are extremely silky and approachable allowing the fruit to shine on the palate whilst adding weight and structure.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah
Wine Spectator - "Supple, broad and expressive, offering ripe, focused currant, cherry and mint flavors on a shiny beam that lingers on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah."
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About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.4 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 1 with reviewAnonymous - Easley, SC55/26/2016Even Stephen - Del Rio, TN41/3/2014denis baker - Flagstaff, AZ411/25/2013Rachael Donaldson - Noonan, ND510/29/2013Mobidude - Alamo, CA310/18/2013
Solid red. Better than the Novelty Hill. Medium body, not overly tannic and ready to quaff now.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Pasta > Mushroom