Cabernet Sauvignon is often referred to as 'King Cab.' It is a thick-skinned grape that makes a tannic, full-bodied wine. Originally from Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is a hearty grape that has done well in many old and new world wine regions. Typically, the flavors of the wine are dark fruit such as black cherries and black currents, woody aromas such as oak and cedar, rich aromas such as coffee, chocolate and tobacco, and occasionally, a vegetative aroma such as bell pepper or eucalyptus. With its full body, big tannins and varied aromas, Cabernet Sauvignon can make some very complex wines.
Washington State is the second largest producer of vinafera wines in the US. The first largest state is California. There are eleven AVA's in Washington state. All the Washington AVA's do well with the big red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In one of its smaller AVA's, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Crest has produced a very beautiful and very affordable Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010. With aromas of oak, cherries, chocolate and coffee, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers complexity, full body, soft tannins and an unexpected, but lovely crisp acidity. The crispness of the wine is due to the unusually cool weather in Washington in 2010 during both the summer and the fall.
Columbia Crest, Horse Heaven Hills H3, 2010 has won high ratings from the wine magazines. For all its complexity, great structure and balance, this wine should also get high marks for value. You can find it at Whispering Vines for $9.99. That's a small price for such a big wine.