Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2019 vintage in Washington State proved to be a cooler and wetter year than the last several vintages. Still, a rainy September and brief cold snap in mid-October didn’t keep this harvest from showing brighter and very balanced wines. Wines are presenting with phenolic ripeness without the higher sugars shown in the last few vintages. Rosés are bright in color with beautiful natural acids and very fruit-driven, with a bonus of having lower alcohols due to the lower brix at harvest. The aromatics such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Viognier are true-to-variety and wonderfully aromatic with more floral aromas than they have shown in years. Even big reds such as Merlot and Malbec have intense and forward floral aromatics. Washington was on a warming trend since 2012, until 2019 came along to serve as a reminder that Mother Nature is in full control and will keep the viticulture teams expecting the unexpected.
Known for its many and varied microclimates (cool, warm, windy, hilly, flat), Columbia Valley is the umbrella AVA under which many of the state’s sub-AVAs fall. While it contains 99% of wine grapes grown in Washington State, 6,851 of its acres are unique to the Columbia Valley and don’t overlap another sub-AVA in the state.
Wine Spectator Top 100 Values of 2020
Wine Spectator – 90 Points
James Suckling – 90 Points
Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon Notes To Your Senses:
- APPEARANCE: Deep purple
- AROMA: Sweet herbs and forest floor lead to flavors of dark and red fruit
- TASTE: Bueberry, cherry, and milk chocolate up front with underlying earthy notes
- FINISH: Dusty, earthy tannins lead into lingering flavors of mixed berry pie
- ABV: 14.4%