- Thurston Wolfe Cabernet Sauvignon "the Teacher" 2011 Product #27538 (In Stock)
The undisputed “Ugliest Label In the Store” award winner is actually a terrific bottle of Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. As Wine Advocate said, “Thurston Wolfe is an artisanal producer of wines with personality. The production of these wines ranges from 48 cases to 588 cases so interested parties are advised to get on the mailing list.”
The 2011 is 100% Cabernet from three vineyard’s in the famous Horse Heaven Hills region, The Teacher gets 21 months in French, American and Hungarian oak to smooth out any rough edges. The aromas are big and complex: grilled bread, pencil lead, Asian spice, violets, and loads of dark black fruit. Then, a big mouthful of ripe black fruits and oak spice in a full bodied, rich, package. Nicely ripe and firm tannin give support and make this a great choice for anything roasted or grilled.
- Quilceda Creek Red Columbia Valley 2012 Product #28955 (In Stock)
A stunner; perhaps the best ever for this second wine of Washington State's benchmark Cabernet producer. The CVR Red is made from barrels that didn’t quite fit with the main Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The quality is very high – anything not “excellent” at Quillceda Creek is sold off in bulk – but these barrels are a tad more forward, open, and fruit-centered than made sense for the main wine. Of course, those characteristics – plus the much reduced price! – make them a perfect choice for drinking younger at big savings!
“The 2012 CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine is a declassified blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with splashes of Merlot and Malbec. It offers up plenty of classic Quilceda character with notions of blackberry liqueur, toasted spice, graphite and licorice as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Already supple and approachable, yet with notable tannin structure, it will deliver the goods on release, and over the following decade or more. Drink 2014-2024.”Wine Advocate 92-94 points