Well, it's been a busy week, my last week at my old job and getting ready for my first week at my new job in Indiana! So tonight I've decided to treat myself to a nice, well aged Cabernet from one of my favorite producers in Walla Walla, Forgeron Cellars! Tonight's treat is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. So let's jump right in!
I opened this bottle about an hour ago to give it some fresh air, and the first glass has a lovely deep, inky purple color that just begs to be imbibed. The nose is a wonderful combination of rich leather, cocoa powder and just a hint of ripe berries around the periphery. The taste is surprisingly fruit forward, with a burst of berries and cassis that effortlessly transitions to some dried herbs, smoke and lovely mineral notes midpalate. The finish is just wonderful, as rounded, lush mouthfeel and well developed tannins provide ample support for the long, exceptionally dry finish. Simply a lovely wine to enjoy on a late summer afternoon!
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a great wine that's had some time to age and bring out the best of what the Columbia Valley has to offer! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a nice Angus T-bone, some grilled corn on the cob and some steamed broccoli. This wine stands up quite well to grilled beef, so a fine pairing and a lovely Sunday dinner. Cheers!