Mercer Bros. Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
In 1972, the Mercer family planted their first grapes in the Columbia Valley’s esteemed Horse Heaven Hills, on the land settled by their great grandfather. At the time, the region was known for its hot and dry climate, strong winds, well-drained soils, and vast grasslands – mostly used for agricultural growing and as grazing sites. But the Mercers believed the zone had significant viticultural potential, planting the very first vines in the area and ultimately establishing the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Today the area is home to some of Washington’s highest-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons, including the state’s first 100-Point wine. Brothers Will and Rob Mercer continue to uphold their family’s long-standing tradition of sustainability and superior craftsmanship that has led to the incredible success of their wines. Their wines consistently earn rave reviews, with critics lauding their mouth-watering Cabs for their enticing flavors, exceptional structure, and all the nuanced intricacies that you would expect from a $50+ bottle. So imagine how thrilled we were to get their under-$20 Cab, a fantastic value that landed itself a rank of #72 on the highly anticipated Wine Spectator Top 100 in 2020. Rich, dark cherry and cassis flavors lead into peppercorn and savory herbs on the palate, which is full-bodied and showcases oaky hints of vanilla and tobacco. Chewy yet elegant tannins lead into a long finish.