Bright medium ruby. Sexy perfumed lift to the aromas of cassis, black cherry, raspberry, mocha, menthol, licorice and violet. Wonderfully broad and mouthfilling but conveys an impression of weightlessness; all in finesse but there's no shortage of stuffing here. Intense flavors of red and darker fruits, milk chocolate and spices show a clever light hand with the oak (70% new French). Richer and more pliant than the 2015 version, and also better balanced. The very long, slowly mounting finish saturates the palate with a complex perfume of fruits, flowers and spices and noble tannins. Like the Merlot, this is not an obvious powerhouse but a classy, utterly seamless wine with a light touch. Stephen Tanzer
94pts Wine Spectator
Offers finesse and structure, with elegantly expressive blackberry, basil and black olive flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2028. 2,497 cases made. Tim Fish
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
Including 11% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley reveals a ruby/purple color as well as beautiful notes of crème de cassis, white flowers, lead pencil, and classy oak. Beautifully textured, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, it has ripe tannins and a great finish. It's another classic, layered release from this estate that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years.
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a bold and expressive nose of blackberries and a tight core of dark fruit. Medium to full-bodied, flavors of dusty black plum, cassis and currant integrate seamlessly with oak tones of vanilla and soft sawdust, showing a rich complexity across the mid-palate. The wine lingers with well-structured tannins that are still lively and slightly grippy on the long finish. 2,484 cases produced. Anthony Mueller
The aromas are reticent, with notes of plum, almond skin, coffee, dried cherry, vanilla and dark chocolate. Plum and flavors, focused in the middle follow, tapering toward the edges follow. The concentration seems quite light initially, fleshing out a bit over time. Lightly grainy tannins wrap it all together. Best after 2023.
Spanish for bee, our name is pronounced 'ah-BAY-ha" We chose this name for its simple beauty and its reminder if times past when farming implied a respect for the environment and a close connection to the earth. It is our belief that each day, we can make a difference in the quality of our care for the land, and no matter how small, any difference we make is worthwile. We create our wines and recieve our guests under the same philosophy.
Abeja is located on a century-old farmstead in the breathtaking foothills of the Blue Mountains, four miles east of Walla Walla Washington. Once seriously dilapidated, all of the original farm buildings have been carefully restored with an emphasis on craftsmanship and longevity. Creative use of salvaged materials adds interest and sets the stage for renewed purpose in these old buildings, which now house our winery and our inn guests.