Kate Arnold Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 750ml

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Winemaker Notes

The color is ruby, with a hint of garnet and aromas of cherry, vanilla, baking spices (cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg), and graphite.  On the palate falvors of cherry cola, blackberry, blueberry, and tobacco.  The structure has lots of acid at the beginning with a soft silky mid-palate. Elegant tannins on the finish.

 

2018 was a warm vintage for Washington and Columbia Valley. Bud break was slightly delayed, but May brought one of the warmest on record, which accelerated bloom. The summer brought warm temperatures leading into the Fall. Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. Ripening slowed, allowing more time for the grapes to develop mature flavors. It was a particularly good year for Cabernet Sauvignon. In the end, the 2018 crop was larger than expected, but by all early indications quality is high. Washington winemakers and growers aren't complaining.