Sunday, April 17, 2011

Luchador Tryout: WA Cabernet

I never realized there was so much racing in Spain during this time of year.  Another stage race took place in Northern Spain this week.  So, I decided to take a bit of a break and audition a new WA State representative for future Luchador service - a Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills.

2005 McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon

Tale of the tape

This is a blend of the McKinley Springs Vineyard's 1980-planted old block and some of the more newly-planted Block 17. It’s 92% Cab and 8% Petit Verdot, aged for just shy of two years in a combination of French (80%) and American (20%) oak, 50% new.
Round 1.  First Opening:

The nose shows currant, black cherry, mineral and leather with a palate of black cherry, toffee and cedar spice box that finishes with some nice tart tannins intermixed with notes of cedar spice box.

Round 2.  One hour after Opening:

The nose is showing some sour cherry in addition to the currant and much more rich notes of cocoa, cinnamon and spice.  The palate is getting bolder with a nice lush mouth feel and is showing similar characteristics to the nose.

Round 3. One day later

Deep dark fruit, black cherry and toffee are still showing on the nose. The palate is black cherry with some hints of cola and chocolate with a cedar spicy cocoa finish.

Wrap up and over all observations

Wow!  What a great way to start the weekend and a great bargain for $13.99 on Esquin's April newsletter deals.

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