2016 The Burn "Borne of Fire" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1362068

Price: $19.95

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K&L Notes

A simply stunning new entry into the world of Washington Cabernet from what I'm sure is destined to be a renowned site for grape growing. The newly proposed AVA called "The Burn" is a dramatic, rocky plateau that runs along the Columbia River in between the existing AVAs of Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Gorge. The name "The Burn" is taken from the age old practice of controlled burns the early settlers to this area used to replenish the soils for the new growing season. The region boasts a long, moderated growing season and high water retention in the soils (a major plus in the semi-desert area). The long hang-time for the fruit brings fantastic flavors and allows the winemaker to experiment with whole cluster fermentation, something rarely seen with Cabernet Sauvignon. This practice provides aromatic nuance and fine, textural tannins. The wine is then matured in large format Hungarian Oak Puncheons (500L barrels) that impart a more subtle oak flavor and sculpt the wines elegant, linear shape on the palate. This is a really elegant wine, bursting with varietal character and a screaming value. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    Easily one of the best red wine values in store at the moment. Lively aromas of mulberries and dark currants are accented by a nicely balanced palate. Not overly ripe, robust flavors of dark berries present, and silky tannins. A pleasant savory quality on the lengthy finish. A great introduction to Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, and currently one of the best price points for domestic red wine in store
    Top Value!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the perfect wine to introduce yourself to high-quality Cabernet from Washington state - an under-appreciated region that undoubtedly represents the strongest QPR in domestic Bordeaux varietals. This one offers a stemmy mix of red and dark fruits, dried herbs and mocha to round it out. A great little weeknight sipper for less than twenty bucks.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    What a first release of this wine! Pure Cabernet flavors of blackcurrant, cassis, loganberry, freshly picked mint and dusty earth tones. Medium bodied with fantastic purity and grace. The tannins are fine and silky keeping this lively wine flowing across the palate. Mouth-filling and satisfying yet not at all sweet or jammy. Subtle oak, moderate alcohol and 13.5%, this wine really lets the purity of fruit do all the heavy lifting. An unbelievable value given the quality.


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