Fragrant with pleasant whiffs of barnyard, leather and spice over firm cassis and pomegranate fruit, this shows lots of penetrating flavor as well. Tart cranberries and clean, nose-tickling scents of fresh roasted coffee suggest a much pricier Cab. There’s just a hint of green to the tannins, but overall a very nice effort.
Rosebud vineyard is now in its 25th vintage, and its grapes go into many of Snoqualmie’s best efforts. This 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignon is nicely defined, a mix of spicy berry and citrus. Flavors are set up on firm acids and the alcohol is a sensible 13.2 percent; no insane levels of sugar or extraction here. The oak flavors, a mix of new American barrels…
Soft and sweet, with no solid middle, this is fruity enough but never quite sits right in the mouth. The vineyard, planted in 1981 on the Wahluke Slope, has great creds but this 100% varietal Cab doesn’t ever really come together like the previous vintage did.