Browne Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2016


Although in title, form, & experience a Cab, the winemaker added a hint of Petite Verdot (nothing too revolutionary there, as Petite Verdot has been utilized as a blending grape with Cabernet as far back as the foundation of the French Bordeaux tradition. What is unexpected is the Petite Sirah (5%), which seems to be a key ingredient, despite its marginal percentage. Why? The variations of light, nuanced baker’s spice which I found to accompany the wine to varying degrees, from nose to finish, which gives a new dimension to what one might expect from a Cab. The Petite Verdot seamlessly blends these two together though so while we are certainly drinking a Cab. there is something more to it & different about it. Inky plum in color, Browne’s ‘Heritage’ has dark & rich aromas of Marion berry, boysenberry, blueberry, baker’s chocolate & black licorice greet the olfactory immediately. As the wine opens up you may detect notes of mince meat spice & jasmine even (a delightful note you can thank the Columbia Valley terroir for). In terms of the Palate play-by-play, there is a rush of red currant & dark raspberry flavors on the entry, backed by blackberry, & fig. Bright tannins push through the finish of eucalyptus, anise, & soft vanilla (which will compliment your White Chocolate Pretzel Bark!). In all, this Cab is the full package, though well integrated so it does not feel convoluted or overdone. While it is rich & viscous, it is still very much fresh & vibrant. Though it has a big fruit quality, it is harnessed by prickly tannins & that distinctive Washington earthiness, so its not “fruity”. It’s many things done well & in that way singular.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 6 × 6 in

Cabernet Sauvignon

Region / Appellation

Washington, Columbia Valley


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