Pamplin Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
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95 points, Top Pick of 2023 Paul Gregutt, former Wine Enthusiast editor and Seattle Times wine columnist:
“A fine expression of classic Washington Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Klipsun, Discovery and Scooteney Flats vineyards. The 55% Klipsun fruit accounts for the firm, dark, pencil lead tannins, which are perfectly ripened and polished to a fine luster. Winemaker Robert Henry has made a poised, balanced wine with impressive, yet restrained, power. 289 cases.
When this Cabernet hits, it's a bullseye. The 2019 vintage provided exactly that. It’s a beauty in the aroma department. Mouth-filling black fruits, surprising elegance and (you’ll see this word below, too) poise–a Cab that we found to be thoroughly enjoyable right…about…now because of its combination of plush silkiness and just-right ripeness. As such, we encourage you to try yours anytime. It doesn’t require a steak but I’m not saying that a steak wouldn’t be a fantastic pair for this.
Many won’t recognize Paul Gregutt’s name—he's a seasoned veteran of pacific Northwest wine. Paul spent over 20 years as Wine Enthusiast’s Pacific Northwest editor and 10 years as wine columnist for The Seattle Times. As such, our customers have read his reviews. One of the things we appreciate about Paul’s reviews for his own site: he does not blind taste. He’ll tell you all about it but his reasoning is similar to ours: wine has context. If we taste a Cab from a producer we’ve followed for a decade, we want to know how a new vintage compares to previous vintages. If we taste a $60 wine, we want to judge it within its price range–the same is true for a $25 wine.
Paul gave Pamplin’s 2019 Cab 95 points and selected it as one of his year’s best; note it was one of only six Washington reds, high praise for a wine writer actually based in Washington with a massive depth of regional knowledge."