There are wonderful notes upfront of cassis, black currant and kirsch liqueur. The oak aromas gently offer hints of cinnamon stick, clove, caramel and vanilla bean. The depth and subtle nuances of this wine are best experienced after a lengthy decant, as truffle, graphite and tobacco leaf are discovered. At this early stage, the tannins are already quite resolved, approachable, and guide the alluring finish. This wine will surely age as long as you are able to cellar it.
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— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Instantly impressive, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel is broad, focused and fruity, with layers of seductive complexity that continue to waft from the glass. Full-bodied, impressively layered and textured, the Cabernet offers profound pleasure that sings with harmony and unison of world-class wine. Gobs of dusty dark red fruit tones give way to a lively mineral tension before juicy spiced plum and blackberry reduction somersault across the almost unending finish. It’s a fantastic wine that proves Washington Cabernet deserves to be in the private collection of serious collectors worldwide. Just under 3,700 bottles were made after the wine rested for almost two years in 100% new French oak. This is worth seeking out.
Taleggio Ravioli with Wine Braised Lamb Shank, Butternut Squash and Cipollini Onion Rings — Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon also pairs well with earthy vegetables, Beef Short Ribs, Venison Cheeks, Lamb Shanks and Burgers.
Behind the Wine
2019 Grand Ciel Cabernet
Our 2019 Grand Ciel Cabernet embraced the cool September weather that defined this outstanding vintage. The refreshingly moderate temperatures of the harvest season allowed for ample hangtime and flavor development, without high sugar accumulation.
Grand Ciel Cabernet is a single vineyard, single varietal and single clone Cabernet from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of this prestigious AVA known for ripe and structured Cabernet. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel.