2018 Luke Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope, Washington State

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Driving southeast on I-90 halfway between Seattle and Spokane in Washington State, the mainly desert vista opens up to a spectacular view of vertical cliffs overlooking the glimmering sparkle of the Columbia River below. Just southeast of the river crossing lies the up and coming vineyard region called the Wahluke Slope, where the grapes for the exceptional 2018 Luke Cabernet Sauvignon, selected as one of the Top 100 Wines of 2020 by the Wine Enthusiast, are grown. While Luke's owner Thomas Vogele has been at the forefront of bringing the AVA to the attention of wine critics, he is not alone in his affection for Wahluke, with esteemed Washington producers including Milbrandt, Januik and K Vintners bottling wines from there as well.

At 8 miles wide and 30 miles long, the Wahluke Slope AVA in Columbia Valley is slightly larger than Napa Valley, with most vineyards situated at high elevations between 800 and 1,100 feet and boasting the hottest climate among the state's 14 wine regions. Wahluke (a Native American word for "watering place") is distinguished by south facing slopes which soak up the daytime sun, paired with cooling, night-time breezes flowing off central Washington's Saddle Mountains. The resulting wine is a true classic expression of full-bodied, smokey and savory-spiced cabernet, with balanced acidity and refined structure. And compared with wines from more high-profile appellations in Columbia Valley like Red Mountain and Walla Walla, the 2018 Luke Cab delivers big at a fraction of the cost.

Considered one of Washington's top red wine vintages of the last 20 years, Luke's consulting winemaker Peter Devison unabashedly asserts he "fell in love" with the flavor profile of this 2018, while Wine Spectator's Tim Fish noted the Luke's Cab's "bang for the buck." The 2018 Luke Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and layered with exceptional freshness, offering a combination of outstanding quality and value.

92WE #82 Top 100

Aromas of fresh raspberry, bittersweet chocolate and dried herb pop on the nose. The palate is ripe, delicious, fruit filled and lip-smacking, displaying a lot of density, intensity and texture. Give this beauty a short decant if drinking in the near term.

92 points, Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2020)

#82 - Wine Enthusiast Top 100 of 2020

Bright, dark ruby-red. Musky scents of black raspberry, cassis, dark chocolate and brown spices are accented by flowers and minty herbs. Richer, fuller and sweeter than the Companion blend, with its plusher texture giving it more early accessibility. Here, too, the tannins are suave and seamless. Lovely breadth and palate presence here, and no rough edges, even if the Merlot is a bit sweeter. Incidentally, the talented Peter Devison serves as consulting winemaker for LUKE Wines.

90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Dec 2020)


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