Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Vibrant aromatics of black cherry, espresso beans and bittersweet chocolate introduce this richly structured Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a multi-layered wine with expressive flavors of black and red berries complemented by notes of savory spice. Its luscious mouthfeel persists across a lengthy finish. Sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills, these grapes were selected to craft a wine with depth, complexity and refined structure. Aged 11 months in French oak prior to bottling.
Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah
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Inspired by Long Shadows Vintners’ team of nine internationally renowned vintners, the project was initially conceived to support the strict selection process for their signature wines. Grapes are sourced from many of the best growing regions in the Columbia Valley, including The Benches Vineyard, Red Mountain, Walla Walla, and Wahluke Slope. Today, Long Shadows Vintners’ Director of Winemaking and Vitculture, Gilles Nicault, oversees the team of winemakers dedicated to crafting the Nine Hats wines
Washington produces so many exciting wines, and that definitely includes Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. With over 10,000 acres under vine, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most widely-grown varietal in the state. Terrific examples hail from sub-appellations like Red Mountain, Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla Valley. One of the fascinations of these Columbia Valley Cabs is that they so often seem to have one foot in the New World and one in the Old. Representing the former are characteristics like the ripe, forward fruit that results from long sunny days during the growing season (up to two hours longer than in much of California). Old World similarities include an undeniable brightness from acidity, as well as notes of herbs, graphite and a dusty, sometimes gravelly minerality.
Whether you’re looking for a budget bottle for everyday enjoyment, or a stellar, world-class wine with tremendous aging potential, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines can deliver the goods! Among the many fine options are bottles from Columbia Crest, Chateau Ste. Michelle, L’ecole #41, Quilceda Creek and Leonetti.