Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

http://www.christycanterbury.com
Master of Wine+Winner of the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Viticulture Examination. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Food Arts+Sommelier Journal+Beverage Media+others. Educator at SideTour+Astor Center. Incorrigible traveler!

Top Ten Cabernet Sauvignons: Spotlight on Washington State

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve (2005)
Comments: A varietal Cabernet that exhibits the brooding depth this variety can achieve: grilled meat, toasted boule bread, savory herbs, crushed blackberries, cigar wrapper and fresh leather swirl into a delicious, harmonious flavor field with a persistent finish.
Average price: $150.00 from 1 store
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2 Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Washington Sorella (2007)
Comments: This highly perfumed, deeply fruited Bordeaux blend possesses the seamless fruit-structure integration that I have come to expect from Washington. The tannins are silky and the acidity bright, keeping the expansive breadth on the palate and significant extraction in check.
Average price: $72.99 from 1 store
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3 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Père de Famille (2007)
Comments: Concentrated and effusively complex, this wine boasts cassis, blueberry, pencil lead and garrigue that linger on the palate. A satisfyingly rigid structure is supported by a pleasant, balanced generosity of fruit. This Bordeaux blend is always good for long-term cellaring.
Average price: $79.95 from 3 stores
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4 Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridg Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2 /United States Washington State Na (2005)
Previously available for $39.00
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5 Delille Cellars Harrison Hill (2003)
Comments: With 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is aging incredibly well, taking on nuances of tobacco leaf, spice box and cedar. The fine-grained tannins have grown even silkier and the supporting acidity is well-integrated. There is a subtle dignity about this wine.
Previously available for $120.00
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6 Januik "Seven Hills Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)
Comments: Entirely Cabernet, this wine’s highly-defined aromas include black currant, graphite, fireplace smoke and eucalyptus and evolve with time in the decanter. The marked acidity and steely tannins makes this a candidate for a forgotten corner of the cellar.
Previously available for $36.99
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7 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Reserve (2009)
Comments: This wine’s imposing structure attests to its high percentage of Cabernet. An abundance of juicy fruit fills the wine’s frame, striking a lovely balance. The nose is a rambunctious jumble of crème de cassis, licorice, mocha and minerals.
Average price: $169.99 from 18 stores
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8 Powers Winery Champoux Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. Cabernet Franc. Petit Verdot. Cabernet Sauvignon Washington Horse Heaven Hills (2007)
Comments: Cocoa and baking spices leap from the glass. The oak is not restrained, but it works well with the rich, primary black plum and black currant fruit. Mostly Cabernet, the fruit is pure with an intense aftertaste and is supported by a chiseled, muscular frame.
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9 Soos Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (2003)
Comments: A vast array of aromas develops with aeration, starting with beef jerky, iron, rosemary and black pepper and continuing on with grilled wild game and burning Cuban cigar. Smartly structured with a light tannic grip and refreshing acidity, this wine has a way to go.
Previously available for $33.00
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10 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines (2006)
Comments: Almost entirely Cabernet, this juice comes from some of Washington’s oldest vines. The color shows an inky concentration and the tannins are broad-shouldered. The nose is highly perfumed with coffee grinds, dark chocolate, blueberries, black plum and cassis.
Average price: $69.00 from 4 stores
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