Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Columbia Valley, Washington

2016 vintage: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot. From several vineyard sources in the Columbia Valley. Aged 22 months in 100% French oak, 79% new, 30% experienced. Dense aromas of black stone fruits, fragrant allspice and berry are captivating and generous on the nose. A surge of ripe plum defines the mouth-filling entry yet shows restraint in a well-crafted palate which displays grip and structure. Finally, layers of bright cherry, sage, and clove come into focus and leading into a lasting, memorable finish. Abeja founders Ken and Ginger Harrison came to Walla Walla Valley in the late 1990s in search of land suitable for planting world class Cabernet Sauvignon. Today Abeja is the realization of the Harrisons’ vision. Winemakers Daniel Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler craft Abeja’s acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot as well as the winery’s sought-after, limited-release estate and reserve wines, offered exclusively to Abeja List members. Spanish for bee, the name Abeja (pronounced ‘ah-BAY-ha’) was chosen to honor a deep-rooted respect for the environment.