This cab just keeps getting better!

I love Cabernets. Years ago, I bought my husband a mouse-pad with the then-little-known statement: “Life is a Cabernet. ” These days, you can find the saying on hats, aprons and t-shirts, too.

But I digress. What I really want to talk about is the pleasant surprise we had during a recent trip to one of our favorite wineries, Woodhouse Family Cellars. We’ve always loved their Maghee Merlot-one of the best we’ve ever tasted. But this time, we visited the Woodinville tasting room to place our pre-order for the elegant flagship wine, 2002 Darighe.

While we were there, we sampled some wines from their tasting menu, including the 2001 Kennedy Shah Cabernet Sauvignon. It was not our first time with this fine Cab. But it was the best time! This bold Cab just keeps getting better and better with age. This old-World style wine is a plush blend of 75% Cab, 15% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc.

The tasting notes state: “A bold, ripe and plush wine with tiers of black currant, boysenberry and bing cherry. Herbs, cedar and spices linger in the finish.” My taste doesn’t always mirror tasting notes, but in this case, I could really taste the cherry in addition to the spices in the finish. I always liked the 2001 Kennedy Shah Cab. But now, I absolutely love it!


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”