Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. Tyler's Curveball

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. Tyler's Curveball

Item #: V0319R2DW
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Color: Very Dark
Nose: Cedar, Plum, Cocoa
Palate: Rich, Concentrated
Finish: Bold Berry, Tannins
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat/13.7 % Alcohol by Volume

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Tyler's Curveball comes from Bob and Lauren Bullock of Splendour Cellars in Washington. Both of them started in the wine business at a very early age, met, married and worked for a wine wholesaler. Then Bob went on to do other things in other industries.

After retiring, he still couldn't get the wine biz out of his consciousness. So in 2009, they founded Splendour Cellars and began making small lots of wine, which eventually turned into larger and larger lots of wine.

Most of the grapes grown in Washington come from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, in the Columbia Valley. It's a fascinating place in that we think of western Washington as cold and damp, so how could Eastern Washington be warm and dry? It's because the mountain range acts as a barrier, shielding the valley from harsh winds and allowing the warm air from the south to control the environment.

These conditions, along with more sunlight during the critical growing stages of the vines, makes for an incredible place to make incredible wines.

This Cabernet is about as good as it gets. From the rich, concentrated berry and cassis nose to the bombshell of black plum, cedar and earth, balanced with medium tannins, it pleases at every level. The dark color signals the large but lovely flavors to follow, and the stunning finish is just the beginning.

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