14 Hands – Cabernet Sauvignon – Columbia Valley, Washington, United States – 2016 – $10.99
Winemaker Review: The 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, coffee and subtle hints of spice. These flavors are complemented by a touch of spicy oak and emphasized by refined tannins.
I purchased this wine at QuikTrip in Tulsa on my way back to Norman last weekend. Since Oklahoma just began implemented the new alcohol laws, it was the first time I had ever seen wine sold at a gas station. Of course I had to get another Cabernet Sauvignon. This one is really good and I’m impressed that QT has wines that aren’t low quality Barefoot. I got to drink this wine with dinner last night: sweet potato, corn, and black bean quesadillas. I did not take notes of the flavors of this wine because I was too preoccupied with how delicious the meal was, but here are my notes from a glass the day after, with a few cinnamon rolls for breakfast:
First off, don’t judge me for drinking wine for breakfast. Second off, I like this wine a lot. It is interesting to see how much my pallet has changed in such a short amount of time – if I had tried this wine in August I probably would have puckered up and pushed the glass away. This just goes to show that if I “don’t like a wine,” I should still keep trying it until I do like it. 🙂 Anyway…
This wine is super tannic, which goes really well with the super sweet cinnamon roll. There is absolutely significant tobacco aroma, with a really spicy profile. The cherries and blackcurrant creeps up behind the earthy taste of the spices and make it very dynamic. The tannins stay on the back of my throat long after I’ve swallowed, which is really interesting. This wine is from Washington, and Cabernet Sauvignon is Washington’s king grape. I can tell!