Subsoil Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2019

$14.99 on six or more – $13.99 on twelve or more

This wine’s roots go back 20,000 years ago when the cataclysmic Missoula floods deposited sediment deep into the rich subsoils of Washington State’s Columbia Basin. These soils, matched with central Washington’s sunny dry climate (almost all the rain falls on the west side of the Cascades – sorry Seattle!) makes the Horse Heaven Hills AVA a perfect place for Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen.

Top names like Quilceda Creek and Leonetti will set you back a couple hundred dollars per bottle. But there is also great value in Washington, and Mercer Winery’s Subsoil Cabernet, from grapes grown in the Horse Heaven AVA offers tons of sunny, rich, Cabernet character at a bargain price.

It leads off with aromas of ripe red and dark fruit, baking spices, and earth tinged warm fruit. Tannins are soft and supple, framing a dense fruit center and supporting the wine through the long finish. It is 12 months in a combination of French & American oak with about 35% new oak
and 65% neutral, adding a lovely complex note of oak on the nose and palate. This is a lot of wine for the money, way over delivering for its modest price. $16.99 on the winery’s website, we are offering it at $15.99 per bottle, $14.99 on six or more. Cheers! Chris



Harvest: The grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyard with the selective harvest
on Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on the sorting table. The fruit was not
crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible.
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Fermentation: Individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily
pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins.
Aging: 12 months in a combination of French & American oak with about 35% new oak
and 65% neutral.
Grape varieties : 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot, and 4%
Altitude : 770 – 870 ft A.S.L.
Vineyard age : 8 years old
Grape yield : 4-5 tons per acre
Exposure : Southeast
Soil : Missoula Flood sediment, sand and loess
Alcohol : 13.9%
Acidity : T.A. 0.46 g/100 ml pH : 3.90
Tasting notes :
Ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of ripe black fruit. The Merlot and Syrah in the
blend bring great texture and weight. Notes of warm baking spices envelope the fruit
adding depth and complexity. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Powdery
tannins give structure to the wine while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouth feel. This
wine shows great expression of the terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills.


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