2008 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
7 Hills Vineyard Reserve
Walla Walla AVA
There’s nothing like a nice glass of wine after a long work week. I decided to crack a bottle I’ve had aging for a few years, and was I surprised. A little background on the region before I review this awesome wine.
Tamarack Cellars is based out of Walla Walla, Washington. The majority of the Walla Walla AVA is in Southeastern Washington with the remaining third in Eastern Oregon. The AVA is predominantly known for its sweet onions, but also produces some incredible wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most commonly grown grape, followed by Merlot and Syrah. It is one of the warmest wine growing regions in Washington and Oregon, helping to create bigger and bolder reds. The wine itself is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Carmenère.
After letting the wine breathe, the nose was peppery with some acid. On the initial swirl, the wine left strong legs on the glass, and had a dark, deep color.
My first few sips of the wine were dry, had a slight fruitiness that cabs are known for, with hints of cola, and the tannins were incredibly smooth.
The after taste had some pucker from the tannins, and a silky yet mild fruitiness that lingered.
Every additional sip had hints of minerals, and the tannins became even smoother. The legs stayed as strong as they were on my initial swirl of the glass. It turned out to be a very smooth and easily drinkable wine with a mild fruitiness that would pair well with a nice grilled steak or full bodied cigar.
Since the wine is 10 years old, I’m guessing it’s pretty hard to find a bottle unless the winery held on to a few cases for their library. It cost $50 a bottle back in 2008, so if you can find a bottle now, it wouldn’t shock me to see it going for upwards of $80.