Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Price: $7
Maker: Covey Run Winery, Woodinville, Washington
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 from Washington State has an interesting nose, a sort of leathery spice with some cherry notes. The flavor was a bit less intriguing. On first tasting, we found it to be a light to medium-bodied cab, with somewhat harsh tannins that overpowered the fruit and oak notes. Rather extended breathing seemed to restore some balance to the wine, making it fairly drinkable and almost pleasant.

From the Covey Run website: “We produce our award-winning wines primarily from grapes grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valley appellations, which lie east of Washington’s majestic Cascade Mountain Range. The weather in these regions is perfect for cultivating world-class wine grapes. During the growing season, warm, sunny days and extended sunlight hours (due to our northern latitude) develop intense flavors in our classic European grape varieties, while cool nights ensure they retain high levels of acidity, resulting in wines of rich fruit and superb structure.”

This cab seems to be a bit old for this winery. Their site already has tasting note for the 2002 and 2003 cabs, with nothing for 2001. If I see an ’02 or ’03 on the shelf I might give it a try.

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