Saturday, March 11, 2017

2009 Tero Estates Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Saturday!  It's been a long day of running errands and now it's finally time to relax for a little while before I head out for an evening at the Elkhart Civic Theater.  So I've decided to open a bottle that's been in my cellar for a few years, the 2009 Tero Estates Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA of the Columbia Valley.  This was a fairly limited run with just 120 cases produced, so let's see how this one has matured!

The wine is a deep, inky purple in the glass, with a subdued garnet tint along the edges.  The nose is just a dream, wonderful notes of leather, cedar, a hint of peat and some peppery spice notes, just the ideal combination of aromas that I've come to love in a good Washington wine.  The taste is a rush of rich fruit, sweet cherry, black plum and a hint of fig that transitions nicely to some mineral notes midpalate. The finish is soft and voluptuous but still quite dry as the tannins are elegant, not the big, brash, in your face tannins you see on so many Cabernets today.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's just a really solid example of a high-quality Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.  And since it's a Cabernet, what better to enjoy it with than a nice steak, and tonight it's a marinaded New York strip, with some grilled asparagus and a big steak house baked potato.  Cheers!

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