The Collusion Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Josh Phelps and Grounded Wine Co.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec and 1% Merlot the Kiona Vineyard in Red Mountain plus two vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills of the Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine is aged in 30% new French oak barrels.
Sample submitted for review. The Collusion Cabernet Sauvignon has an SRP of $22 but is available for as low as $18. 3,300 cases produced. The previous vintage of this wine was a red blend but it appears they've upped the Cabernet to 75% this time around.
Collusion tips its hat to the rich history of the west during prohibition, commending those who kept the industry alive by any means.
Founded by winemaker Josh Phelps, Grounded Wine Co. Is an all American, grassroots brand that strips back the layers to focus on what's in the bottle.
The 2017 Collusion Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a very nice aroma of black cherry and smoky spice. Before tasting you're going to want to give this one some substantial time to breathe but then wow! This is a refined Cab with lots of pure fruit flavors and elegant touches of spice from deft oak aging. Black cherry, tart blackberry and a bit of a citrusy edge plus well integrated spice all combine deliciously in this well made wine. It ends dry, very long and juicy on the satisfying finish.
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