Huett Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ryan Huett was lured into winemaking while sitting atop a mountain in the cloud forest of Costa Rica where he and his wife Tammy raised their two sons, and owned a small eco-resort. Ryan retuned to college at the age of 42 to pursue degrees in both viticulture and enology at the Northwest Wine Studies center in Salem, Oregon. After 2 years of intense study, Ryan completed both degrees and took an internship at one of the oldest wineries in Oregon just before the harvest of 2014. His talent was undeniable, and in 10 short months, he accomplished what normally takes 10 years or more. Ryan became the head winemaker at a facility producing up to 10,000 cases a year. He also began making his own wine that year under the premium label “Huett”. Ryan sought out vineyards in eastern and southern Oregon to showcase varietals like Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel, which he feels have been overlooked in the market. Sourced from McDuffee Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, this rich and powerful example of Oregon Cabernet Sauvignon boasts of dense dark fruit with hints of black walnut. The powerful and ever present tannins provide immense structure which will facilitate extended aging.