Thursday, April 5, 2012

CAVU Cellars, Walla Walla

Taste Washington! Recommended Wines.

In the summer of 2008, Joel Waite left his assistant winemaker position at Maryhill Winery to return to Walla Walla where he had studied winemaking. He joined his parents to make a family owned winery into a reality. In 2008 CAVU Cellars was born. With a location near the airport, and Joel's father Jim being a former Army pilot, the idea of an aviation theme seemed a natural.

CAVU is an old aviation weather acronym that means ‘Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited’.  Pilots always like seeing that acronym on their weather forecast as it means a good flying day.

I liked all of the CAVU Cellars wines poured at Taste Washington, although their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was my favorite.

2009 CAVU Horizon Red, Columbia Valley

Horizon – Red wine, great flavor, like, some heat ABV 14.5% 123 cases produced, $26 retail price. Recommended.

2010 CAVU Barbera.

Barbera - Good nose, mid palate smooth, spice, dark fruit heat. ABV 14.3%. Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, 234 cases produced, $30 retail price. Recommended.

2010 CAVU Malbec, Les Collines, Walla Walla AVA.

Malbec - My speed, fruit, balanced not over top. Like. Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA. Recommended (website indicates just bottled and resting).

2008 CAVU Cabernet Sauvignon, Les Collines, Walla Walla AVA.

* Favorite: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla nose, more like it, dry, good structure bring on the steak. My favorite of the Cavu. Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA. 201 cases produced, $35 retail price.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

Cavu Cellars
Tasting Room hours: Open 11 to 5 daily
602 Piper Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
509-540-6350

www.cavucellars.com
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Cavu Cellars can ship to:
Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.

Walla Walla AVA Location.
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