Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Sigh, Saturday December 1 was my 13th employment anniversary at my company. Unlucky Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet13 since this will be my last anniversary with the company as my position will be eliminated with the retirement of the product I work on.  Since going part-time just before my 10th anniversary the day goes unacknowledged. Even temps get congratulatory emails from management but I guess when you’re part time you fall off the radar and land somewhere around peon status. I won’t tell you it doesn’t bother me because it does. It would be nice to hear that what I do is appreciated and I do make a difference.

We’re humans and we need to know that what we do is important. Even though I know the importance of my position, I wish others would acknowledge it too.

Ok, time to stop whining, pull myself up by the wine bottle and start wining. This weeks fantastic pick, Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. Just what I needed to boost my spirits.

The first thing I picked up was the pronounced toasted coconut alluding to American oak. Vanilla, black fruit consisting of plum and black berry aromas. Complex flavors of black berry, cassis, plum and chocolate. Supple tannins and a long toasty finish that makes my toes curl. This is a fantastic wine to enjoy by a warm fire. I can almost see the bearskin rug, two wine glasses and traditional holiday music in the background. Ok a little on the cheesy side I know. I’ll just settle for the fireplace, the wine and the music. Leave the bearskin on the bear.

Region – Columbia   Valley, Washington
Varietal – 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
TA – .48
pH – 3.61
Alcohol – 14.5
SRP – $14.99

My husband and I purchased this wine on a trip to Ashville. We stumbled upon Table Wine a local wine store hosting a wine tasting. What was a wine chick to do? So we bellied up to the bar and enjoyed some tasty wines. They even allowed us to bring our dog Rooster in with us who was a perfect gentleman even if he did get a little bored.

Located in the Columbia Valley AVA, brothers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first grapevines in 1997. Born in Portland, OR, the two moved with their parents to the rugged area in the mid-1950’s where they turned to farming. The regions moderate temperatures, low rainfall and sandy soils provide ideal conditions for wine making. Carved by Ice Age floods and prehistoric volcanoes the remote mountain range also provides for some magnificent views.

The winery produces three levels of wines. Sentinel their premier line sells around $55, The Estates mid-range with prices around $25 and The Traditions their affordable wines priced around $15. The Traditions line blends fruit from Milbrandt estate and neighboring vineyards throughout Eastern Washington’s ColumbiaValley.

Their 2010 Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon recently scored 90 points with Wine Spectator. While an arbitrary point system has no influence on my purchase decisions it is nice to know I’m not alone in finding this wine a winner.

I do feel better now, amazing what a good bottle of wine can do for your soul. Cheers!

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