14 hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Reserve
This wine is a feast for the eyes. Rich, deep, dark Cabernet Sauvignon is always a pleasure to engage with emotionally. It’s color invites appreciation and awakens the best of expectations. It’s a promising beginning for an experience with this wine.
The aroma does not disappoint either, with fruit and oak in a harmonious marriage that gives birth to smells so complex it is hard to find lines of demarcation between one aroma and another. The mouthfeel is velvety and the tannins, both firm and fine, are displayed in a perfect balance of acidic vibrancy — not too much, not too little. The finish is luscious with dark fruit flavors and rich, sweet oak notes on a long, enduring farewell. It delivers a message of its quality and power with the promise of more pleasures to come as it ages.
Of special note is the return with power of the brightness and depth of blackcurrant fruit on the finish. This is a great Cab! Buy and enjoy it with your best cut of red meat or with fabulous cheeses that you are keeping for that very special occasion. And enjoy the value as this is offered at a very friendly price.
Horse Heaven Hills is a featured location in Washington’s winemaking history. Its vineyards are already famous for their full-flavored fruit. As a basaltic uplift, separating the Columbia and Yakima rivers, it is benefited by the modifying temperatures from the rivers. The fruit has an exciting expression of richness and brightness. 14 Hands is a winery to watch. Stay tuned for a verbal experience of its equally notable Chardonnay.
Emotional rating: Not too heavy or tiresome, but just right for a great experience of Cab. As good as a Washington Cab can get, and that’s great!
Availability? The 14 Hands wines are widely distributed.