Washington Wine Club – November 2008

2004 Hightower, Red Mountain Red Wine
When Bear put the 2003 vintage of this wine in the club, he felt that it was the best and most ageable wine Tim Hightower had made to that point. This one is even better! The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, and the grapes are carefully selected from the Shaw and Artz vineyards on Red Mountain. Even though it has already spent four years in bottle, we’d still recommend putting it away for another two to four years to let the tannins soften and the smoky oak flavors integrate with ripe cherry and cassis fruit. There is a bit left at $49.75.

2005 Couvillion, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
In the last year, when customers have asked us where to find great new wineries in Walla Walla, we have unhesitatingly replied, “go north!” Both Dumas Station and Couvillion are located in the area of rolling hills just north of town. Couvillion’s winemaker, Jill Noble, trained with John Abbott of Abeja and Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron, and it shows in the second vintage of her elegant, rich, silky Cabernet from Dionysus Vineyard. Named after an easygoing French Canadian friend, the wine features wonderful blackberry and chocolate flavors with soft, spicy tannins. Jill recommends that you try it with grilled hangar steak topped with blue cheese. Ready to drink now, it’s a great value at $29.75. It is in good supply, which is very fortunate, since the 2004 Couvillion Cabernet was the most-requested wine in last year’s Washington Club!