Arbor Crest Wine Cellars 2011 Five Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

March 17, 2014 

Appellation: Columbia Valley, $18

Five stalwart sites for Spokane winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Löben Sels — Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun, Stillwater Creek and Wahluke Slope Vineyards — come together for a Cabernet Sauvignon that's masterfully constructed. Classic aromas of black currant, plum, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and earthiness transition to flavors of black cherry and more currant. There's good richness on the midpalate with beautifully balanced tannins and acidity. This earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition. (13.9 percent alcohol)

Price: $18

Cases produced: 2,500

Food pairings: Enjoy this medium-bodied red wine with grilled meats, an artisan pizza or spaghetti and meatballs.

Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane, 509-927-9463,

-- Great Northwest Wine

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