2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

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Blending different varieties allows each grape to show its strongest characteristics. However, the idea of exposing a single variety—with its strengths and subtleties displayed— is very exciting. Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold and dynamic grape, fully showcasing the abilities of a single variety.

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 80% New French Oak
  • Fermentation 100% natural, plus malolatic
  • Unfined and Unfiltered
  • Harvested in October and November
  • Entirely handpicked and hand sorted, small lot fermentation
  • Average days on skins = 14
  • Average vine age 31 years
  • Racked only twice
  • Bottled in June of 2012 (20 months oak matured)

Tasting/Wine Notes

Deep purple in color with a ruby red hue, this wine is big and ripe. Aromas of dark cherry liqueur, black currant paste, vanilla cream, espresso bean and cedar meet raspberry coulis, oregano and toasted sour dough bread.  Evenly weighted, broad and structured, the palate offers dark fruits, black licorice and spice flavors.  Full-bodied, well-knit tannins and bright acidity make this one of the best Big Papas yet!

Analytical

  • pH: 3.80
  • TA (Total Acidity): 6.0 g/L
  • Alc/Vol: 14.49%

Vineyards

  • Klipsun
  • Sagemoor
  • Bacchus
  • Kiona

2010 Big Papa Tech Sheet (PDF)

Accolades

2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 points Wine Advocate
  • Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast

2009 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 points, Best Washington Wines, Seattle Met
  • “..captures the best of Washington in a single bottle.” Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

2008 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 93 points, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
  • 92 points, Wine Advocate
  • 91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • 91 points, Wine Spectator
  • #19 2011 100 Best Washington Wines Seattle Met

2007 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 94 points, Wine Enthusiast
  • 93 points, Wine Spectator
  • 91 points, Wine Advocate
  • 91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • #26 on Paul Gregutt’s Best of Washington Wine

2006 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 91 points, Wine Advocate
  • 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

2005 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast