Staff Selections • Drew Fuller
Winter Pick 2023
Metier 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
(Columbia Valley, Washington State)
People often associate Washington with the cold rainy weather of Seattle on the west coast of the state. Fortunately for wine lovers, the weather in the Columbia Valley is perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This valley is located in the eastern third of Washington and is characterized by cool nights that preserve acidity and hot sunny days that create bold and rich fruit flavors. This leads to a beautifully balanced wine that exhibits restrained elegance with power and dark fruit flavors. The dark cherry and cassis fruit flavors combine with baking spices and dried herbs in the front and mid palate, which give way to a dry finish framed by fine tannins and persistent finish. I love this wine for its versatility and for its dual personality. Pair with aged cheeses, grilled steak with bleu cheese, cassoulet, or just on its own in the company of good friends! Cheers!