Cellar Notes: July 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine style closely associated with California. Of course, we've got our own cabs here in the Northwest.

By Condé Cox June 29, 2011 Published in the July 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

CALIFORNIA’S CLIMATE, scientists say, is migrating to the Pacific Northwest. But the wine varietal the Golden State is best known for, cabernet sauvignon, has already made itself at home here, especially in warmer regions like Eastern Washington and Southern Oregon.

While there are some great high-priced Northwest cabs out there, the trick is to find lower-priced bottles that haven’t been overwhelmed with the addition of grape juice concentrate or other color-darkening, fruit-enhancing additives that turn otherwise interesting and complex wines into an adult version of Kool-Aid. Try these two beauties, one made from fruit grown in the Horse Heaven Hills of southern Washington, and the other grown in the Umpqua Valley, near Roseburg.

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