Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wine of the Week: Powers 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coyote Vineyard

An Outstanding $20 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Powers Winery.

Powers 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coyote Vineyard Wahluke Slope.
Mickey Dunne of Powers Winery guided me through a delectable private tasting last week. While I'm still composing my review, I had to share with you today my thoughts on the Powers 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coyote Vineyard. Loved it.

Delivering on Quality vs. Price
There's been an ongoing conversation by wine bloggers and tweeters, about Washington State wines. Asking the question, “Can Washington State be defined by grape variety?” The spotlight often ends up focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon. Who doesn’t love a great Cabernet Sauvignon? And there are some truly stellar Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons. But how much should you have to pay for a great Cabernet? Hence, the dialogue is also about quality vs. price.

Well my friends, the Powers 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Coyote Vineyard, is a wine to add to the winning side of the Washington Wine equation. Powers Winery has produced what I consider to be an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, priced at an astonishing $20. Powers Winery is delivering on Quality and Price.

I love the structure of this wine.

Reminiscent of a Bordeaux wine, this is a classic Washington State vintage. It is luscious with dark fruit, subtle earthiness, and a lingering tarragon herbal component. This wine was tasted minutes after opening, and drank very well. With decanting, I'm certain even more pleasure can be enjoyed from this elegant wine. Recommended!

Blend/Vineyard Info:
98% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coyote Vineyard, Wahluke Slope AVA
2% Cabernet Franc from Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Winemaker's Notes:
Coyote Vineyard is a favorite for Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvested on Halloween in 2007, at 27.2 brix. Rotary fermentation for a rich, concentrated, luscious wine that is enhanced with oak aging. After completing malo-lactic fermentation in tank, the wine was aged for 26 months in French oak barrels of 87% new. The intense structure of Coyote fruit allows for this amount of new oak. The wine was bottled in the Spring of 2010 and released in the Tasting Room in July 2010.

300 cases produced
14% alcohol

Price: $20 (buy this wine direct from Powers Winery online)

Food matches: Leg of Lamb, Fillet Mignon and Kobe Beef would pair well with this wine.

Powers Winery/Badger Mountain Vineyard, 1106 North Jurupa Street, Kennewick, WA 99338, 800.643.WINE (9463), http://www.badgermtnvineyard.com/

Cheers!