Just before my trip to France I had taken a friend of mine out to dinner as a thank-you for taking care of my cat Samuel while I was away. We had asked our server for a wine recommendation, and 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon was what was brought to our table. It was a great addition to our meal.
14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon
14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in the Columbia Valley that lies east of the Cascade Mountains is Washington’s primary wine region.
The Columbia Valley wine region was established and recognized as an American Viticultural Area in 1984. It is a huge wine region that is well known for its grape varieties that produce Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Riesling and Chardonnay.
The northernmost boundary of this wine region is not far from the Okanogan Wilderness. The southern borders extend into Oregon and then east along the Snake River to the Idaho border. The western border of this area follows the Cascade Range and along the eastern boundary of the beautiful Columbia Gorge. The immense Columbia Valley is home to the majority of Washington State’s wineries and vineyards and is comprised of approximately one-third of the state’s land mass.
What I love about 14 Hands wines is how they came up with the name of their winery. It came from the wild mustangs that once roamed freely in the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses were 14 hands high. What that means is a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and is how horses were traditionally measured. These horses were strong and tenacious, known for their endurance and were revered for these qualities around the world. This is very much how they view their wines.
This is what the winemaker has to say about 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon:
Wine tasting notes: “14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon has concentrated aromas of dark stone fruits and toast burst from the glass. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon favors of black cherries with subtle hints of baking spice dance across the palate, bolstered by fine, round tannins. This medium bodied wine is soft in mouthfeel, yet long on fruit character and finish.
With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.”
You can find this fun and exuberant 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon at; wine.com, amazon.com, BevMo.com, CostPlus/World market, many grocery stores or any good wine market.
14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that I believe you will truly enjoy. So when you’re out and about and are thinking about something a little different and fun to drink, grab a bottle of this and enjoy. If you give this one a try, I would love your thoughts.
What are some of your favorite wines? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Time for a glass…
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