Ross' Weekly Sip: Cabernet for the Holiday

2016 Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

While I generally steer people towards the lighter reds of Oregon and Cru Beaujolais for the holidays, I know it’s important to have a crowd pleaser in your back pocket, and nothing pleases like Cabernet Sauvignon. 

In the first handful of months since I’ve joined the Mike’s team, I’ve struggled to find what I believe to be the PERFECT Cabernet Sauvignon for under twenty bucks…At least until last week, when a close importer friend of mine introduced Requiem Wines out of Washington state to the Missouri market. 

At first sip, Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon has everything you can ask for.  Dark fruit with secondary aromas of purple flowers, graphite and a hint of bell pepper, as well as the silky, luxurious tannins I come to expect from Washington wine.  The wine does everything it should, and if you told me it was $45 a bottle, I wouldn’t bat an eye.  These are the great moments we have as wine professionals, finding the hidden values.

Requiem is a fairly new producer, making wines sourced from some of the most prestigious vineyards across the Walla Walla Valley and beyond.  When sourcing their wines, Requiem insists on biodynamic grape growing, with organic viticulture being the bare minimum.  Many of the vineyards used to grow the grapes in this wine are also used by superstar names such as Lionetti, Quilceda Creek and K Vintners.  The grapes are also aged in 40% new French oak, unheard of for a cab at this price.  For those of you who love the fine details, I have attached a list of vineyard sourcing below.

2016 Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley is available today at Mike’s Wine & Spirits.  $18.99

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Ross Jackson

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