Pacific Crest is in the heart of Washington's Columbia Valley, one of the premiere wine-producing areas in the world. They are also a member of the Pacific Crest Trail Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail.
Like most major wine areas, Columbia Valley is a patchwork of different microclimates and soils that impact the wines produced. One of the best appellations here is Horse Heaven Hills. Within that appellation, a specific vineyard, McNary, is noted as spectacular.
The latitude of the Columbia Valley is the same as Bordeaux, so it is generally cooler than most of California. Conversely, it gets more sunlight during the critical growing season from June to September. This allows the grapes to ripen at a slower pace, thus preserving the essential natural acids that allow the wine to age gracefully.
Pacific Crest's winemaker is Linda Trotta, a Washington State native with over 10 years of winemaking experience here. Her subtle style is perfect for the vineyards of Horse Heaven Hills, as you don't get soaring alcohol levels or over-ripeness. You get lovely, mature fruit with character and complexity.
This delightful Cabernet brims with generous cranberry, plum and cherry flavors, combined with anise, a rich earth component and a very long finish.
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