Wine Review: 2009 Mackey Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine expresses the terroir of place with a significant style reflecting the flavors and aromas that distinctly represent the Columbia Valley. This vintage weathered not so wonderful growing conditions with cool spring temps and then the hottest summer on record. For fall, the temperatures evened out extending ripening only to have areas of early frost in October. Everything considered the Mackey brothers did pretty well.

This wine was like a full dinner plate, plenty of meat with a little vegetation.  Red fruit and floral notes give way to anise and a good bit of herbs then minerality on the nose. The slap happy “lets party” flavors are intoxicatingly seductive. There is a lot going on here flavor wise chocolate plum, tobacco and dark cherry are steering the flavor train veering slightly towards the herb garden. The train still manages to pull into the station at Delicious Ville right on time. There are ample tannins reflected in the sensual texture on the palate as the wine flows through on its way to a well-balanced mineral and mocha finish. The Mackey family has made an impressive showing with the wines they have made so far pleasing consumers and critics alike. I look forward to choosing this label in confidence at retailers and restaurants.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $48 | 14.4% ABV

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