2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA-Washington
Wine Spectator: 94
Red Wine
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"Tightly wound, with blueberry, plum and crème brûlée flavors riding aristocratically over a layer of refined tannins. The finish persists and expands as it hints at mineral and wet earth. Best from 2013 through 2018." (WS)

Winery Notes:
VINTAGE
Due to a cooler than normal summer, harvest started later than normal. However, September and October provided the most perfect harvest weather I’ve seen in 25 years of winemaking in the Columbia Valley. The resulting wines have excellent natural acidity and deep, intense flavors.

VINEYARDS
One of the advantages of having made wine in the Columbia Valley since the mid-1980s is the opportunity it’s given me to work with some of the most dedicated growers in the industry. Our Columbia Valley wines are made from a short list of vineyards I consider to be among the best in the state. The diversity of these vineyards-representing many of the most mature, carefully managed sites in Washington-provides for a full range of fruit expression that allows me to craft complex, multi-layered wines true to Columbia Valley terroir as well as the varietal character of the grapes. Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon includes grapes from Champoux, Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain and Weinbau vineyards.

WINEMAKING
After destemming and crushing, grapes were fermented on their skins for an average of eight days. After being pressed off, the wine was aged for 20 months in primarily new French Oak barrels to improve its already lengthy finish. Racking the wine every four months created pliant tannins and a bold, stylish structure.

TASTING NOTES
This dark, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with cassis, blackberry, dark cocoa and warm vanilla notes in the nose. It lingers across the palate, imparting a long, polished finish that was developed in part from aging in new French oak barrels.