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Review: 2016 Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage


Spoken Barrel produces just two wines in the Columbia Valley, Washington, each adorned with the number 42. Why? Because Washington was the 42nd state to enter the union.

Let’s see what it’s learned about winemaking since then.

2016 Spoken Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley – Unctuous, almost gummy at times, this is a lightly sweet expression of cabernet, fruit-forward with ample red and black fruit, touched with notes of violets and ample chocolate sauce on the finish. Not exactly elevated, but it works for a house cab. B / $20

2016 Spoken Barrel Meritage Red Blend Columbia Valley – A bold but approachable red, there’s plenty of tannin here — infused with licorice, gentian, and amaro notes — but it’s tempered by sweetness, with dried fruit, cassis, and just a touch of chocolate providing a respite from the bitter, overwhelming attack. B+ / $20


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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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