|2013 G. Washington Cabernet Sauvignon|
It seemed almost a shame to open the 2013 vintage of G. Washington Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Alexander Valley. This excellent full-bodied Cab has years to go in the bottle before it peaks.
That said, even a premature tasting is a glorious experience starting with a deep ruby red color in the glass that exudes an aroma redolent with blueberries, black cherries, cassis and a touch of black pepper. The 13.5% alcohol is barely discernible as it’s masked by luscious fruit flavors – mostly black raspberry and blackberry, The smooth finish lingers with lasting hints of chocolate, cinnamon, cedar and juniper. A keeper that will get better with age, this Cab cries out for a grilled beef steak a rack of lamb, grilled veggies even a chocolate mousse.Why a winery from Northern California would decide to name itself G. Washington remains rather cryptic, but a statement on the back label provides a possible clue. “Wooden teeth, powdered wigs, revolutionary taste . . . . not to mention legendary honesty,” it reads. Perhaps the winemaker is hinting at novel methodology and authenticity of flavor. The front label includes a visual identifier - a blooming cherry tree with an ax embedded in the trunk.It comes with an encouraging aphorism - Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.