Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of wine from a producer I discovered on my last trip to Walla Walla this past June, Tero Estates. They had a lovely little tasting room on the corner of Second and Rose, right in the Marcus Whitman Hotel, and there were a few others that recommended I stop by and I wasn't disappointed. Since that visit, they've expanded with the acquisition of Waters Winery, which produces some very nice wines as well. But tonight it's the 2008 Tero Estates Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, and it even left some deep indigo on the cork as well. The nose is very rich, with some sweet fruit, plum, blackberry and cassis, overlaid with some leather and black pepper. The taste is very nice and a classic Walla Walla style Cabernet, rich black fruit up front, blackberries, black cherry and plum that transition gracefully to some notes of dark chocolate and earth. The finish is quite nice, as the firm tannins and rounded mouthfeel make for a long, lush and exceptionally dry finish that last until you take your next sip.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's a super quality Cabernet, but it has a price to match at $42. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with some grilled lamb chops, steamed asparagus and oven roasted Klondike fingerling potatoes, as the rich fruit and lovely finish make a great foil to the earthiness of the lamb, so yummy! Salut!