Nose

Entirely estate-grown, this Cab is an expressive pageant of aromas—violet, raspberry, cherry, and graphite—showcasing the intriguing complexity that we love about Washington Cabernets.

Palate

The mouthfeel is complex and well-orchestrated, featuring red fruit, spice, and silky tannins that lead to a beautiful finish.

Growing Conditions

2016’s long, warm ripening season allowed this wine to develop power and concentration. These vines are all own-rooted and sit on a north-facing slope for optimal sunlight during the summer, which encourages consistent ripening and concentration. The vineyard’s soil is a complex assortment of Ritzville loam, gravel, river rock, and ash, which translate to a finely balanced palate and rich aromatics. To protect the vines from frosts, Cougar Creek has installed wind machines that help regulate the vineyard’s temperature, ensuring longevity and vineyard health. In the winter, they have to brave the cold and sleep-deprivation, making midnight vineyard visits to turn them on. But that’s the relentless, tireless attention that Cougar Crest pays to their Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s immediately apparent in the 2016’s thoughtful structure and impressive poise.

Appearance

Opaque ruby color with a slightly pink rim.

Food Pairing

Pair with red meats and hard cheeses.