Mercer Estates Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington

Item No. 99155
  • red wine
  • WS91

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes were harvested at three different times over the course of three weeks in October to allow for small lot winemaking and additional complexity by harvesting at three different grape maturity levels. The grapes were crushed, inoculated and punched down daily. After extracting the beautiful red and purple colors and the ripe tannins – the hallmark of grapes from the Horse Heaven Hills - the wines were pressed off and placed in French and American oak barrels. Here they finished the malo-lactic fermentation allowing for good integration of oak into the wine at this critical early age. Continued ageing in barrel for 14 month allowed for further softening of the tannins, increased mouthfeel and complexity.

Aromas of cherry, chocolate and herbal notes are accented by a hint of vanillin and oak spice. In the supple, rich mouth, flavors of coffee, cherry and cassis linger on the palate. This Cabernet is well balanced with a good structure, soft tannins and a long finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Smooth and generous, this is nicely fashioned to balance fine tannins with lavish black cherry, black currant, violet and mocha aromas and flavors, lingering on the expressive finish"
91 Points

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Learn About Mercer Estates

Mercer Estates is a family-owned Washington State winery devoted to producing premium wines through a partnership of the Mercer and Hogue families. Built upon a shared passion for the Columbia Valley and a winemaking heritage which bridges generations of excellence in Washington State agriculture and more than 25 years of grape growing and winemaking experience, Mercer Estates,...

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Learn About Other Washington

A few other appellations in Washington include:

Puget Sound

, which grows some lesser-known grapes like Muller-Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine, is less known for quality wines and better liked for being a tourist attraction.

Red Mountain

sub-appellation runs along the eastern part of Yakima Valley. It's best for red varietals and is constantly growing in quality and popularity.

Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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