The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Aromas are an appealing mix of black currant, blackberry, leather,bramble, plum, coee, anise, clove, toast and dry flowers. Integratedand chewy tannins up front turn firm and dusty on the mid-palate,accentuated by flavors of plum, cassis, leather, espresso, clove, toast, graphite, toasted oak and sage. Balanced acidity gives The Soldier an integrated and structured finish.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Tempranillo
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The variety is unmistakable, with notes of fresh black currant, tar and herbs. There’s delicacy but richness to the fruit flavors. It’s a terrific value. Editors’ Choice.
Scents of caramelly oak and black plum give way to plump dark-fruit flavors. This wine is balanced and correct, with a waxy, slightly leathery texture and plenty of grip for a burger. BEST BUY
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.