This is the first Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon that we tried since beginning our wine tasting adventures. Unlike, the grapes that are grown in California, Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon tend to exhibit more red fruit notes and be slightly lighter in body structure. The tannins are a bit “finer” when compared to its counterpart in California – most likely the result of the slight differences in heat and amount of sun that the grapes are exposed to.
The Columbia Valley is located in central Washington and more inland than the cooler climate of the Willamette Valley (Oregon). The warm climate of the Columbia Valley can lead to dark fruit notes including blackberry and black currant. Overall, about Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon make up about 25% of the varietals that come out of the state.
Visual: The wine had a medium depth of color and favored a ruby hue that was consistent when visualizing against a white background. It was clear without sedimentation. The legs were clear without residual wine staining the glass. Overall, we thought there was medium alcohol content potentially in the 14% range. Very beautiful in color.
Nose: The aroma intensity was noted as moderate and appeared youthful in development. Primary aromas consisted of subtle notes of dark fruit, black currant and cherries followed by black pepper. There were also tobacco and leather that complemented the fruit notes nicely. We noted spices and vanilla notes for the tertiary aromas. Overall, a very nice aroma with this wine.
Taste: The wine was off-dry and felt medium-full in consistency. The acidity of the wine was smooth in nature which complemented the low-medium tannins nicely. The tannins were considered soft and well integrated into the wine. There was a moderate to low flavor profile of the wine with soft cherries, vanilla, and toasted notes. The finish of the wine was on the longer side (5-7 secs).
Our Overall Impression
- This was a good wine with a nice color and nose profile
- It was smooth and well balanced but the flavor profile was difficult to deduce on the taste
- We thought it was a great everyday wine and works well with and without food
Price: $14.99 (average price)
Vivino Rating: 3.3 out of 5
Our Rating: 89 out of 100
Tasting Date: 11/26/17
Wine Name – Acre Twenty One – Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer – Acre Twenty One
Region/appellation – Columbia Valley – Washington State Wine
Grape Varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage – 2014
Alcohol – 14.2%
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