Take one iconic Napa producer Duckhorn, and add emerging region Red Mountain in Yakima Valley, top with a warm vintage, and you have the recipe for a blockbuster Cabernet. It’s full-bodied, rich and has with the structure to age, but is amazingly brilliant right now. This is a serious contender to many top wines from California at a steal of a price, so take our advice and head north.
The 2015 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a success this year, revealing aromas of ripe plums, cassis, pencil shavings and espresso roast. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, rich and generous, with an ample core of fruit, juicy acids and a flavorful finish. It's a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Ripe boysenberries, cassis and plums with some mountain-herb aromas. Follows through to a palate coated in rich plums and dark berries, building to gently chewy tannins. Drink or hold.