Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$ Washington Hills Summit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007

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By way of background: Washington state makes some attractive cabernet sauvignon, in a style really separating itself from the other West Coast, US, traditions.  Here's one which is part of a Barclay's Wine bundle, with four years of age.

Initial review : This is Washington Hills Summit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: This shows as deep maroon with a hint of brick at the edges.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows plum fruit and a touch of oak to the nose, reminiscent of simple merlots from the region.   From the aroma, seems like this will be purple fruit in style, without much in the way of layers.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a distinct purple fruit up front, though balanced quickly by some notable acids and light tannins.  The finish moves into your cheeks, wrapping up rapidly but cleanly.

In summary: Overall, simple medium body red rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its balance. We may see a bump with some decanting....

Following three-hour decant in flat-bottomed decanter:  Consistent plum nose.   The tannins surround and engulf the purple fruit now, bringing a richer, layered experience of deep blackberry.  Moves up a notch to three stars with the decant.

Following longer decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Deeper nose.  Balanced fruit on the palate, long and sleek, another plus for balance.   Good value.  I highly recommend additional years in bottle, or a lengthy decant.

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