When I started at Avalon in 2004, the first wines that made me think "wow, so this is Northwest wine!" were Washington Cabs. And my first favorite Washington Cab was Abeja. The winemaker responsible for those wines: John Abbott.
So when we learned that John had left Abeja to found Devona, a new project from both sides of the Columbia River (Oregon and Washington), and that he was making Cabernet, we couldn't wait to taste. Our offering of John's first Cab (the 2016, last year) was a massive success and now we're ready for the new 2017. Of course it's spectacular. We're pretty sure that any day now John's wines will become "mailing-list only" so let's get them while we can!
$39.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($43.95 regular)
Rich Cab goodness, expertly weaving together blackberry, plum, and chocolate-covered dark cherries. I love the accents of pipe tobacco and brown spices. Super-solid, delicious Cabernet that in less than a year has become a staple Cab for us. - Marcus
From John: Our fruit sources are limited to just a handful of the best vineyard blocks in Washington state, old vineyards that we have worked with for a long time and are very special to us. We don’t go outside of our usual fruit sources to purchase lower priced fruit from which to make a lower priced wine. All of the fruit that we bring in is produced with the intent that it will become part of our vineyard designated bottlings.
This Cabernet is a pretty deep purple. The fruit here has a pedigree and it is a mouthful. It is loaded with berries and plums, tar and brown mineral with body and character. The tannins are refined, but will allow for nice aging.
It is only fitting that we pair this 100% Cabernet with some old school Seattle grunge. There is no particular order, and once you start with any of these bands, good luck not finding many more great songs and memories. Start with Pearl Jam Corduroy, and anything from Nirvana’s Nevermind album, but specifically Come as You Are. And then try The Foo Fighters This is a Call, Temple of the Dogs Call Me a Dog and Brad Playing Buttercup. This is pretty fun. Pop the cork, put on your best flannel, and turn the knob up to 11!