Januik Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Columbia Valley, Washington

2020 vintage: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. The 2020 growing season will be remembered for low yields, warm summer weather and sufficient hang time to produce wines with intense aromas and concentrated flavors. The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon includes grapes from Quintessence, Weinbau, Shaw, Ciel du Cheval and Obelisco vineyards. Winemaking: After destemming and crushing, grapes were fermented on their skins for an average of 9 days. After being pressed off, the wine was aged for 20 months in equal amounts of new and once used French Oak barrels to improve its already lengthy finish. Racking an average of every 5 months helped create a wine with considerable structure and suppleness. Tasting notes: This beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with plum and black cherry flavors as well as boysenberry, mocha, and cedar notes in the nose. Its texture is quite elegant and it shows great length throughout the mouth, imparting a long, luxurious finish that was developed in part from the use of new French Oak barrels.