09 Nov Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Today In Wine: Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($30)
Dark and spicy, this is firm in texture, opening up to reveal currant and spice flavors that lead to the gentle finish.” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal (2016)
Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points (2014)
Wine Spectator – 88 Points (2014)
Wine & Spirits Magazine – 87 Points (2014)
Januik is one of two independent wineries that share a destination tasting room with Novelty Hill, in the peaceful and beautiful town of Woodinville, Washington. Under the direction of Mike Januik, one of Washington’s most acclaimed winemakers, you can expect nothing but the best. The grapes for this wine were selected from Washington’s famed Columbia Valley wine region. Interestingly, the Columbia Valley is situated between the same latitudes as the famed French wine regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. As an added bonus, because the grapes from this wine region get more sunshine, the hot days and cool nights help the fruit mature more beautifully, while intensifying the flavors.
The critically acclaimed, 2013 Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry, ripe cherry, and notes of vanilla with faint traces of rich earth. Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast described the wine as, “Principally Cabernet Sauvignon, this blends in small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Broad fruit flavors range from strawberry into red plum, with some stemmy earth leading into stiff tannins. The astringent, earthy character is well-managed and balanced against the pretty fruit.”
Enjoy the 2013 Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon now or lay it down for another 5 years, just make sure to decant this wine for a couple of hours. If you’re looking for a great meal to pair this wine with consider the following: THEGRAPE’s Oven Broiled Sirloin Steak Recipe or this succulent cocoa and chili rubbed pork chops. For our pescatarian friends we recommend a fatty fish like, mackerel with stuffed pesto mash or savor a grilled zucchini hummus wrap. All of the above pair beautifully with this red wine.
Wine Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc
Style: Full-bodied Elegant & Velvety
Drinks Like: Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($50), Terlato Family Vineyards Galaxy, Napa Valley ($54),
Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Oven Broiled Sirloin Steak Recipe
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Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold Medal
The 2013 Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a well structured wine exhibiting a delish mixture of red fruit forward flavors blended with notes of chocolate, cassis, and earthy qualities that lead up to a velvety finish. This is the kind of wine you bring to a picnic or amphitheater and watch a great performance by your favorite artist. This Grape Certified Gold wine will leave you feeling really good.