A fountain of bright-eyed enthusiasm on a dreary, rainy Thursday. That's what we were treated to yesterday afternoon courtesy of Lobo Hills. Andy loved the Right Bank blend a little more, Marcus the Cab, but mostly we couldn't wait to tell you about them today!
It's a gimme to deliver big fruit in Washington reds; what sets Lobo Hills apart is their added refinement and elegance. Delivering the kind of greatness and value in either Right Bank 2017 or Cab 2016 would cause us to heap praise on Lobo Hills (as we've done in past vintages multiple times). The duo together creates a dream team of Cab & Merlot bargains. Add their "Super Cab" as a bonus and, we mean this in the nicest way, you're nuts if you pass these up!
$18.85 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($20.95 regular)
It smells like a wine you want to drink and what could be better than that?! All red fruits, deep and layered, showing off strawberries, dark cherries and plums with super attractive accents of clove, tobacco, and mellow mint. A versatile red: great for sipping on its own and with more meals than we can list. 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, The best vintage of Left Bank since 2012, which we went totally gaga for.
$23.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($25.95 regular)
Black fruits flow all day, with added deliciousness from molasses, coffee, and a pinch of eucalyptus. The essence of Lobo Hills' elegant, refined style is on full display, as is shimmering intensity and energy. When you mix all those things and deliver nearly unmatched value, you have special wine on your hands. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec and 12% Merlot.
Can you handle the "Super Cab?" We think you can...and should. A Big Reds Club selection, a classic Cabernet the likes of favorite Old School-ers, with a Washington twist. W.O.W.
$58.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($64.95 regular)
"Super Cab" is the nickname winemaker Tony Dollar uses for this Cab, for good reason. Tony put together a blind tasting for several Northwest wine professionals of fifteen top Cabernets from around the world and put two bottles of his 2014 Super Cab into the line-up: one which had been decanted for three hours and one which had been opened for twenty four hours. The top wine was the 24-hour Super Cab. The second place wine, the 3-hour decanted Super Cab. None of the wine pros called that the two Super Cabs were the same wine, a testament to how much the wine changes with air and time!
Unapologetically, classically structured, with stacks of fruit backed by notable tannins that are filled with flavor. We don’t mean to give you instructions for enjoying wine, but open it the day before you plan to drink it or decant it a few hours like Tony did.
The Cabernet comes from these vineyards: 69% Sugarloaf, 15% Elephant Mountain in the Rattlesnake Hills and 11% Tapteil on Red Mountain, with 5% Petit Verdot from Wahluke Slope.
From Tony: “The vineyard designate version of our Cabernet Sauvignon reflects a consistent refinement of our efforts to make an old world version of a Cabernet Sauvignon with new world fruit. It is our best effort to date.
The fruit selection comes from three exceptional AVAs: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain and the Wahluke Slope. The rolling hills of the Sugarloaf Vineyard are unique in Washington. The ice age floods passed this area by, leaving native soils, ones with clay deposits. In Washington, this soil concentrates the flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. It’s from this vineyard we receive the plum characteristic you see in quintessential California Cabernet Sauvignons. The high desert climate of Elephant Mountain brings the dusty sage and black cherries; Red Mountain’s power is reflected in the cassis aromatics. The Petit Verdot from Wahluke Slope’s premier vineyard, Stone Tree, brings the black tea and sage notes.