Outstanding Value Alert: Red Mtn. and Horse Heaven Hills Reds
Red Mountain is Washington's smallest and priciest grape-growing real estate. So Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $25? Pretty much unheard of unless it's Schooler Nolan!
Schooler Nolan is hardly a household name...unless you're one of our savvy customers. We've had a blast selling the first vintage Red Mtn. Cab (2015) and the Horse Heaven Hills blend (see below), but it's tough to replicate such outstanding values. Apparently, it's not too tough for Schooler Nolan, because the new 2016 is another spectacular Cabernet.
$22.45 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($24.95 regular)
Bursting with black cherry deliciousness with a tiny dip of vanilla bean and a distant breeze of sagebrush, it's a smoking-hot Cab value.
Our second Cab feature from Schooler Nolan is another mind-bending bargain. Schooler Nolan comes to us partly from Homer, Alaska and partly from Richland, Washington, born from the Fat Olives restaurants that father/son duo Steve and JD Nolan operate in each locale.
We're continuing to get case re-orders for this crazy value alert! The story goes...we poured Schooler Nolan's '16 Horse Heaven Hills Red for our friend who sells high-end Napa Cab all over the country. We didn't say a word, just asked him to guess the price. His first words, "this tastes expensive." Then, "$18 a glass, easy." His eyes nearly popped out when we told him it's less than $20 a bottle.
$19.75 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($21.95 regular)
We'll put a finer point on it: the best value Washington red we tasted in 2019. The only inexpensive thing about it is the price. An absolute bargain to buy by the case.
This Cab, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend rocks, hard. And it's classy, too. It is rich, velvety smooth, delicious when you first crack the bottle -- the dreamy Horse Heaven Hills black cherry goodness cannot be denied -- and holds up surprisingly well over a couple days.