Price Range: $51–$56
- Ready to Drink: 7 years after bottle vintage
- Great recent vintages in Washington Cabernet: 2007°, 2008°, 2012°, 2013 °=all-time great vintage
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Maraschino cherry, Dr. Pepper, nutmeg and butterscotch?! These are the wild notes of flavor you might encounter when staring down a glass of great Washington State cab like the 2007 EFESTE Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon. Culled from four disparate but prominent vineyards of the Columbia Valley region, small berries of small clusters from mature vines ripen slowly to produce a whopper of a mouthfeel—thick & rich, bold and beautiful. Black currant, dark chocolate, vanilla and more, the concentration of varied flavors is like going to a virtual buffet of Washingtonian terroir. Skip the crab legs and go straight for the roast beef, prime rib, baby backs and smoked sausage and fill the plate to the rim. Gluttony need not be a deadly sin here—go big or go home, daddy. –J.M.
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