Stevens 2005 XY Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Yakima Valley)

Elegance is the word for this lovely Cabernet, which manages to be dark and mysterious, yet remains supple, fruit-driven and immediately enjoyable. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, tight and tannic, with cassis and blueberry in equal proportion. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, and there is just the right coffee ground bitterness to the the finish; it sets you up for another sip. This is the sort of finesse that is more commonly found in Bordeaux; a pleasure to drink and yet quite ready for the cellar for a decade or more. Paul Gregutt

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