2016 Baer Winery Arctos Cabernet sauvignon

2016 Baer Winery Arctos Cabernet sauvignon

Stillwater Creek Vineyard,
Royal Slope,
Columbia Valley,
Washington

14.6% alcohol

Cork closure

549 cases produced

91% Cabernet sauvignon 9% Petit Verdot

The three Cabernet grapevine clones in this wine are all grown near one another in the Stillwater Creek Vineyard. The slope, aspect, and soil in the four blocks in which they grow are all about the same. However, the clones have come from wine regions near and far. While all originated from France, clone 8 made its way across Washington via California, clone 191 directly from the Bordeaux region, and clone 4 via California by way of Mendoza, Argentina. Each clone offers different characteristics that complement the final blend.

Color:

Black cherry red

Bouquet:

I found this Cab to be much more earthy than fruity, with aromas of green tea, bay leaves, and mocha combined with ripe black cherries.

Palate:

For maximum pleasure, decant this wine before drinking. Expect a robust, structured, textured Cabernet brimming with black cherries and plums. Fresh rosemary, nutmeg, and cherry pie united into a texture reminiscent of very fine sand. Filled with bright acidity and a long finish, pair it with all types of heavier dishes.

Food pairing suggestions:

Old-fashioned beef stew, spaghetti with turkey meatballs, scalloped portobello mushrooms.

SRP $43

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