Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Find, November 25: Black Friday!

From our masked homeboy Lucha Vino.

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

Buried Cane refers to the vineyard practice of burying a young grape vine to protect it from the winter weather.  The dirt creates an insulating layer over the cane saving it for the spring time when it can be unearthed and released to grow a fresh crop of grapes.  The 2008 Buried Cane Cabernet Sauvignon is going to send some much more expensive Cabs for an extended "dirt nap."  Repaying the favor for being spared the winter cold by giving us a fantastic Washington State Cabernet at the affordable price of $13.99.

The Buried Cane Roughout Cabernet Sauvignon offers up a blend of 75% Cab from the Alice Vineyard on the Wahluke slope and the Arete Vineyard in the Columbia Valley, 23% Merlot from the Florence and Virginia Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and 2% Syrah from the Gamache Vineyard also in the Columbia Valley.  

This is a big classic Washington Cab.  On first opening the nose is showing sour currants, earth and light spices with a palate of currant and herbal spicyness and a tart semi-sweet chocolate finish.  With an hour of air the nose is much richer with currants, chocolate, cinnamon and cloves with a hint of citrus.  The palate also shows currants and some tart green herbal tones with a semi-sweet chocolate and clove finish.  One day later the nose has added some more earth and leather along with dark currant and spices.  The palate has continued to build with currant, espresso bean and some light spices finishing with ripe plum and more notes of semi-sweet chocolate.  The Wahluke slope character is really present in this week's Friday Find giving it the essence of a true giant slayer. 

So many wines at this price point start out strong and falter over time.  The Buried Cane reverses the trend growing bigger and bolder over time.  Go out and find yourself some Buried Cane.  This giant killer is available at many local wine shops or directly from the Buried Cane website for 14 bucks.  You might find that your more expensive wines take an extended dirt nap in your cellar.  Don't say I didn't warn you.


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