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Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Abeja
United States - Washington - Walla Walla Valley

This is the grape that the winery believes will increasingly be recognized as the icon varietal of Washington State and comprises the majority of their production. This Cabernet is stylish, elegant, and impeccably balanced. Abeja accomplishes this by meticulous viticultural management, utilization of a rare sorting system, gentle handling of the fruit and the wine, customized practices for every lot no matter how small, and carefully selected French oak.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful combination of sturdy structure and polished finesse. Balanced tannins and acidity provide the structure needed for excellent aging and will reward those who tuck it away for a bit.
The nose leads off with plum, bright blackberry, and dark bing cherries. A touch of dried blueberry rounds out the fruit profile. Floral notes and cocoa, with nuances of cedar and spice, are sprinkled throughout. All of these characters follow through on the palate and, with a pleasant minerality and continuity, weave a tapestry of complexity and youthful exuberance.

Specifications
Appellation
Walla Walla Valley
Varietal(s)
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot.
Vinification
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak (70% new)
Pairings

Pair this Cabernet Sauvignon with lamb. Also recommend duck or goose breast on a bed of grains with wild mushrooms.

Reviews and News

2015 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91+ PTS - VINOUS

2015 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(50% new oak; bottled in August of 2017): Dark, bright medium ruby. Classic varietal aromas of cassis, black cherry, violet and licorice are accented by notes of crushed rock and orange zest. Juicy but still tightly wound; perhaps a bit oakier than it should be and thus the flavors of dark berries, spices and orange zest are showing a touch of leanness today. Finishes with a serious dusting of tannins and very good length. Today this wine is not showing the fleshy character of the 2014 but it appears to possess the balance to reward patience.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 91+ pts

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2015 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - WS

2015 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - WS

wine spectator 90 pts"Dense and well-structured, with brawny black cherry, smoked spice and anise flavors that take on power toward broad-shouldered tannins. Best from 2021 through 2025. 2,474 cases made. - TF"
- Wine Spectator (August 2018), 90 pts

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2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 90+ PTS - VINOUS

2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 90+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(14.7% alcohol; mostly from Bacchus and Dionysos vineyards): Healthy dark red. Nicely ripe, nuanced aromas of black- and redcurrant, blueberry, licorice, fresh herbs and tobacco leaf. Deep, spicy, chewy Cabernet with lovely acidity giving shape and clarity to its flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate. Very nicely balanced, long wine with firm tannins that avoid dryness. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (October 2016), 90+ pts

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2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WS

2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"Broad and open-textured, with nubby tannins around a focused core of black cherry, roasted meat and sage flavors, picking up a chocolate note as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2020. 2,946 cases made. – HS"
- Wine Spectator (October 2015), 91 pts

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2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WA

2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"The 2012 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged 23 months in 60% new French oak, it boasts classic Cabernet notes of dark currants, crushed rock, bouquet garni and earth. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that has good concentration, nicely integrated acidity and tons of character. Like a lot of 2012s, there’s enough texture and fruit here to keep it enjoyable, but it will also age beautifully. Drink 2017-2032. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- The Wine Advocate (erobertparker.com, June 2015), 91 pts

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2009 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95 PTS + Editor's Choice - WE

2009 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95 PTS + Editor's Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 95 pts"Good enough to be a reserve, this includes just 4% Merlot and the rest is all Cabernet. Smooth and supple, with lovely toasty aromatics, it layers rich cherry fruit against the lush barrel spices. A companionable wine, already drinking beautifully, but perfectly fine to cellar for up to a decade. - PG"

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2009 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WS

2009 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WS

Wine Spectator 92 Pts"A plush style, brimming with gorgeous plum and currant fruit framed with dark chocolate, smoky meat and spice flavors. Finishes with power and sleek balance. Drink now through 2017. 1,830 cases made. - HS"

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2008 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - eRobertParker.com

2008 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - eRobertParker.com

Wine Advocate 91 Pts"The fruit for the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley came from the Sagemoor and Red Mountain vineyards. The wine is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a fragrant perfume of toasty oak, mineral, cassis, violets, and blackberry. Round, rich, and concentrated on the palate, this lengthy effort will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and will offer optimum drinking from 2013 to 2023"

eRobertParker.com (Issue#196, August 2011), 91 pts

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2008 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 89 PTS - WS

2008 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 89 PTS - WS

wine spectator 89 ptsDistinctly savory, with a meaty, herbal character to the modest berry and spice flavors, riding through the finish against refined tannins. Drink now through 2015. 2,482 cases made. - HS "

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2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"60% new French oak; a blend from multiple vineyard sources. Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of blueberry, blackberry, bitter chocolate, leather, licorice and violet reminded me a bit of top Mendoza Malbec. Suave and seamless in the mouth, with insinuating dark berry, licorice and spice flavors filling the mouth without showing any heaviness. Finishes dry and long, with fully integrated tannins. This fine-grained Cabernet is deceptively approachable now but should age gracefully. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 92 pts

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2011 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WS

2011 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Taut and focused, offering a sleek mouthful of licorice-accented blackberry and coffee flavors that come together seamlessly on the polished finish. This has a sense of elegance. Drink now through 2021. 1,740 cases made. –HS"
- Wine Spectator (October 15th 2014), 92 pts

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Producer Information: Abeja

The word Abeja (Spanish for ‘bee’) is a beautifully simple term to describe one of nature’s hardest workers of the land. Abeja Winery owner Ken Harrison and wife Ginger chose ...
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