What: Goose Ridge g3 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012 $15 

Where: Pete’s Wine Shop (Seattle), QFC Broadway, QFC West Seattle, Thriftway West Seattle, Albertson’s West Seattle 

Why: I’ve written before about the strength of the 2012 vintage for Washington wine. Coming off two successive cool vintages, 2012 was a year that tracked perfectly to 20-year averages in terms of heat accumulation in eastern Washington’s vineyards. The result is a very classic Washington-style vintage, with plenty of ripe fruit flavors but also with good acid and tannin balance. 

One of the signs of a strong vintage is high quality wines popping up in the value price range. The latest such example is the 2012 Goose Ridge g3 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley ($15). All of the fruit for this wine comes from Goose Ridge’s estate vineyard, which is located a stone’s throw from Red Mountain. The wine is packed full of aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, coffee and herbs with a seamless feel. I tasted it blind in a lineup of considerably more expensive cabernets and it didn’t seem obviously out of place, which rarely happens. It’s one of the best Washington values to hit the marketplace so far this year. Drink up!


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