Hello friends. Two of our most popular offerings in the past few months have been Cabernet Sauvignons at this price point: the 2008 Brand back in December (still available, to the best of my knowledge; reorder link at the bottom of this offering) and the 2008 Ross Andrew Glaze in January (already sold out!). While I would love to offer value Cabernets more frequently, the fact remains that many of the wines in this category range from forgettable to gag-reflex inducing.
So when I taste a Cabernet that delivers at this tariff, I don’t hesitate. And that’s what we have today.
Or, technically, tomorrow. This is actually set to be released March 1 and is priced at a level that is sure to induce peals of joy from sommeliers and restaurant buyers. I don’t want to waste any time with this one. Let’s lay claim to as large a land-grab as our list wants, and let’s do so as quickly as possible.
Rich Funk began Saviah Cellars in 2000 (the 21st winery in the Walla Walla Valley), and began producing The Jack in 2003 as a red table wine destination for his declassified fruit. The wine was always a hit, but its popularity reached stratospheric levels when the economy turned, so much so that Rich (wisely) decided to extend the line. Last year came the release of the 2008 The Jack Syrah, and now the line has been extended to encompass today’s Cabernet and a Riesling set to be released in April.
Those of us who fell for the 2007 Saviah Cabernet Sauvignon (offered last June) know of Rich Funk’s magic with Cabernet. And as with the Glaze offering from Ross Andrew, the very important thing to note here is that *this is all in-house fruit*. Rich isn’t buying bulked-off juice from other wineries to fuel his line extension. He is simply shifting some of his own juice out of the top-line bottlings and into The Jack, where it receives less new wood, is released younger, and is priced accordingly.
Knowing that these are in-house Saviah grapes, it doesn’t take a private investigator to determine the vineyard candidates: Pepper Bridge, Lewis, Bacchus, Seven Hills, Kiona. These are superstar Cabernet sites from Red Mountain, from the Walla Walla Valley, from the Yakima Valley, and from the greater Columbia Valley. It shouldn’t be at this point, but it remains surreal to me to see juice this good at a tariff this low.
This isn’t even close to the fruit bombs that litter the value-Cab field. Full of high-cacao chocolate, cassis, and orange peel, this sports a rocky, mineral side and black-tea tannins on the finish. There is enough complexity here to invite contemplation, despite a price that invites drinking directly from the bottle. Rounded out with 16% Cab Franc and 8% Malbec. First come first served up to 24 bottles, and we should have the wine in the warehouse in 1-2 weeks, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.