This is a beautiful, expressive, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry, characters come together with nice weight and pretty notes of vanilla bean. Hints of cinnamon stick, dark earth, and pine sap add depth and complexity to a proper amount of fruit. This wine has an extra-silky texture on the palate, with refined tannins. The continuity from the nose to the mouth and all the way through the long finish is exactly what Abeja works so hard to create in all of their wines. It has an ideal combination of acid, tannin, and structure for excellent aging potential.
Pairs well with a rack of lamb or lamb chops, grill them with a little black pepper and red wine. Linguica stuffed smoked pork loin with black beans pair amazingly with this wine also. The easy go-to meal is a grilled free range beef patty or portabello mushroom with a bit of blue cheese on great bread.
The Wine Advocate 92 - "A straight up classic beauty, the 2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Abeja is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in small barrels. It offers loads of cassis, blackberries, earth and hints of leafy herbs in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated and impeccably balanced style. It has the fruit and texture to drink nicely today, yet it should keep for two decades."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni 90 - "(14.7% alcohol; mostly from Bacchus and Dionysos vineyards): Healthy dark red. Nicely ripe, nuanced aromas of black- and redcurrant, blueberry, licorice, fresh herbs and tobacco leaf. Deep, spicy, chewy Cabernet with lovely acidity giving shape and clarity to its flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate. Very nicely balanced, long wine with firm tannins that avoid dryness.