28 Jun Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Today In Wine: Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($40)
“The second vintage from this winery brings roasty-toasty barrel notes along with coffee, butterscotch, cherry, pencil lead and an herbal grace note. The chocolate and cherry flavors are silky in feel backed by a gentle squeeze of tannins, with coffee flavors lingering on the finish.” – Wine Enthusiast
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Medal (2015)
Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points (2014)
Throughout his youth, winemaker, Andrew Januik, enjoyed going on excursions and backpacking through the splendors of the picturesque outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. A cairn, as pictured on the front label of the bottle, is a stack of stones used to indicate you’re on the right path to reach an intended destination point. The cairn is symbolic of how the wine has been touched and improved upon through innumerable helping hands during the course of its life. The hard work and dedication is evident in the uniqueness of each cairn’s structure, and the same could be said about his Stone Cairn wine.
The applauded and adored, 2012 Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon, offers bright and edgy aromas of spice and raspberries that jump out of the glass. The dark fruit on the palate stretches into a well-structured and balanced finish. You will be left with lingering pepper, soft tannins, and conspicuous notes of vanilla resulting from high-end French oak. With generous texture and length, this will continue to improve over the next 10 – 14 years.
Pop open a bottle of this rich red wine tonight or store in the cellar for another 10 years. This baby will only get better with time. And while you cogitate over this great investment, here are four appetizing meals to pair this lovely wine with: enjoy TheGrape’s juicy Cuban lamb shanks recipe, or the slow-cooker meatloaf. For our vegetarians, enjoy brown butter gnocchi with spinach and pine nuts or the butternut and black bean enchilada skillet.
Wine Region: Red Mountain (Columbia Valley), Washington
Wine Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Style: Medium-bodied, Balanced & Silky
Drinks Like: Primo Estate Joseph Moda McLaren Vale, Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot ($50), Voyager Estate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2010 ($55)
Food & Wine Pairings: The Grape’s Cuban Lamb Shanks Recipe
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Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Gold Medal
The 2012 Andrew Januik Stone Cairn Cabernet Sauvignon is terrific on its own however it is even better with food! It’s a wine that will continue to improve with age, we recommend laying this one down for at least another 5 years. Enjoy a mixture of stone fruit and dark berry aromas with notes of spice. Savor focused raspberry, blackberry, and plum flavors offset by earthy nuances and hints of oak. This Grape Certified Gold wine is perfect for the holidays, makes a great gift too.