It's no secret that Washington state wines have given much to talk about! With increasingly extraordinary wines coming from this region, advanced wineries with modern technology, and perfect soil for the vine, today this state deliver us one of the best Cabs in the entire country.
Red Mountain is an AVA (American Viticultural Area) located in Benton, Washington, it is the smallest AVA in the entire state and specializes in planting red varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. This area is undoubtedly one of the regions with the best reputation in the entire state and Red Mountain wines have managed to be recognized and admired worldwide!
Red Mountain is certainly an exotic area. A terroir that is a complete paradise for the vine, privileged climate that has very marked temperatures between day and night, and more hours of sunlight than in any other region of the Columbia Valley.
Upchurch Vineyard began the planting of their vineyard in 2007, and after 14 years, 10 harvests, and many accumulated experiences, they are responsible for extraordinary wines that will completely dazzle you with every sip you take!
Chris and Thea Upchurch are the proud owners of this family project. The winemaking is in charge of Chris. Chris awakened his love for wine after several visits to some of the most important and emblematic Châteaux in Europe. Chris has been involved in various sectors of the wine industry, starting as a merchant and in restaurants, allowing him to try many labels from different regions and he trained his palate to become a Pro of the industry! Chris also worked as a winemaker for some of the best wineries in the state.
Chris and Thea are responsible for the environment, the vineyard, and the flora and fauna. The Upchurch vineyard is sustainable, certified by LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology),and they also have a Salmon-Safe certification, dedicated to restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can thrive.
Tasting Notes: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot. Fresh and expressive, where currants and violets are apparent right away. Black cherries thyme, cracked pepper, and sage add to its complexity. Mouthwatering ripe tannins, structured, and balanced. The finish is long and beautiful. Pair this wine with steak, grilled lamb or grilled portobello.
It is clear that the Counterpart bottling and the Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet are of the same pedigree and are cut from the same cloth. Blended with 9% Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Upchurch Vineyard explodes out of the glass with energy, poise and power. Dusty red and black fruit help weave the tapestry of aromas with expressions of cinnamon and vanilla with rocky minerality and bitter dark chocolate essence. Full-bodied and showing a perfectly balanced mid-palate, the wine offers ripe, juicy fruit expressions laced with seductive oak tones and lifting tannins. The wine shows elegance, precision and focus on the persistent and lush finish. The wine spent 18 months in 100% new Taransaud and Orion French oak barrels. Absolutely stunning! 5,400 bottles produced. ~96 Robert Parker.
Full ruby-red. Deep, musky scents of cassis, dark chocolate, mocha, licorice and tobacco leaf; showing little of the greenness of the Counterpart Red Wine. Dense, plush and deep; really packed with currant and spicy oak flavor. This very suave, concentrated Cabernet stands out for its energy and inner-mouth lift. Finishes savory and ripely tannic, with terrific building length and lift. This beauty has the balance and stuffing for a graceful evolution in bottle but it's balanced from the start. ~94VM
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