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"This new offering is beautifully knit together, framing the ripe raspberry fruit with barrel spices, herbs and a streak of coffee grounds. Immediately appealing, it nonetheless has the weight and structure to be cellared until 2020–2022."
" Andrew Januik, son of Mike, has produced his own wine under a new label – Andrew Januik, Stone Cairn. This is the initial release. It is a super small production wine, only 199 cases produced in total. The wine is a great example of the capabilities of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon. It is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon with 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc from the Obelisco and Shaw Vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA. Andrew said he chose those two vineyards because he is partial to Red Mountain Grapes and because they best represent his personal relationship between wine and nature as well as the Red Mountain terroir. 2011 was a cooler year than what Washington is accustomed to, so he was able to let the fruit mature and ripen on the vine for a longer period of time, achieving structural development without the risk of overripeness. This wine was aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak, 36% one-use French oak, and 14% new American oak.
The bright and rich aromas display hints of cocoa and cherry which match a deep purple hue. The supple vanilla on the front of the palate transitions into a focused mid-palate with gentle tannins and black pepper. The finish lingers with strong notes of dark fruit and seamlessly integrated oak. Generous in silky texture and length, it will continue to improve with age for the next 8-12 years.
About the Red Mountains: Red Mountain is Washington’s smallest American Viticultural Region (AVA) and among the most well-defined and distinctive areas due in large part to its geography. At the eastern edge of the Yakima Valley, Red Mountain is a moderately steep southwest facing slope and rises above a sharp bend in the Yakima River. The area has a desert climate with an average of only 5 inches of rain per year. As one of the warmer sites in the state grapes ripen exceptionally well. Rich blackberry, dark cherry, currant and spice leap from the glass of this classic Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. It is full, ripe and structured on the palate with a fresh minerality that echoes on the ample finish. " ~ Winery notes
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Januik Winery evolved from an intense desire to create wines that are among the best anywhere. Doing this requires two things. One is having access to the best grapes available, and the other is doing things on a very small scale. Utilizing his relationships with growers throughout the Columbia Valley, Mike Januik, former winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle, acquires the best grapes Columbia Valley has to offer and his small production winery achieves wines of great finesse and balance.
Mike's son Andrew Januik, who started his own label in 2011, also puts his own on some high quality Cabernet fruit. These are the essence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon without the price tag.
"Nobody in Washington State delivers more outstanding quality for the dollar than Januik Winery...unlike many of his winemaking brethren with much less to hang their hats on, Januik is not egocentric, reminding me of unpretentious hard working men like Claude Dugat, Jean-Francois Coche and Olivier Humbrecht" – P.Rovani (Wine Advocate 4/22/06)