A great Costco find for the Cab lovers, the Luke Cabernet Sauvignon from the Wahluke Slope.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc from a number of Milbrandt vineyards in the Wahluke Slope (Clifton Hill, Ravencliff, Northridge, Wahluke Slope and Katherine Leone), Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine is aged in a combination of French and American oak.
The true depth of a man’s character is often unknowable, but one conversation was enough to convince me that Luke was an imitation of no one. He revealed himself slowly, like a freed wind emerging from the shadow of a mountain. Undeniably complex. Bold and determined, but unabashedly generous.
Huh? OK, have to say I don’t get the branding on this one, I bought it purely because I saw it was a Cab from the Wahluke Slope, which is a sure winner in our book. Let’s see if we were right…
The 2016 Luke Cabernet Sauvignon begins with pleasing aromas of black cherry, spice, vanilla and touches of pyrazine and smoke. Tasting the wine reveals it to be not as big as I was expecting but quite juicy and good. Really deep and thick dark berry flavors with elegant touches of spice and vanilla and some dusty tannins lead into the dry, grippy, long finish. I still don’t understand the branding but the Wahluke Slope proves to be an ace in the hole once again.
No Costco in your area? Check your local retailers for this wine.