Powers Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Columbia Valley Washington

2017 vintage – 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot. 1% Carménère from epic vineyard sites in Washington State. “With all these great vineyard sites to choose from, we were able to have the lots harvested from mid-September though late October. We took this opportunity to blend the perfectly ripe and balanced fruit with great acidity and tannin structure into a very complex yet approachable Cabernet. Most of the lots were fermented in our upright stainless-steel fermenters using PDM yeast with the exception of the Kiona and Champoux Vineyard Cabernets. Both of these lots we used our pump-under method using PDM yeast to moderate the tannins from both of these older vineyard sites. This wine finished malolactic fermentation in tank, then was aged in French Oak barrels for 24months. 15% of blend were aged in new, 25% in 2-year-old, and the final 60% of the blend in 3-year-old French oak barrels.” Tasting notes: Dark rich layered aromatics of black cherry, currant, and cranberry are intertwined alongside hints of spice, herbs, and vanilla on the nose. This wine opens up nicely on the palate with very distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon flavors. Rich flavors of blackberries, dark cherry, blueberries alongside plum and a touch of wet slate and spice, this wine has a nice round mouthfeel that is very balanced on the palate. The finish is medium in length with fine but sturdy integrated tannins and a nice backbone of acidity.