Andrew Januik 'Stone Cairn' Cabernet Sauvignon  2017
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James Suckling 93
"A red with lots of rich blackcurrant and blueberry character. Chocolate and walnut undertones, too. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a solid finish. This is one for the cellar, even though its drinking surprisingly well now. 99 cabernet sauvignon and 1 cabernet franc. Try after 2022."

Vinous Media 92+
"Full ruby-red. A high-toned hint of Band-Aid quickly dissipated to reveal pure scents of blackberry, cassis and licorice. Dense, sappy and highly concentrated, showing ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #38501
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by vol: 14.6%

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James Suckling 93
"A red with lots of rich blackcurrant and blueberry character. Chocolate and walnut undertones, too. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a solid finish. This is one for the cellar, even though its drinking surprisingly well now. 99 cabernet sauvignon and 1 cabernet franc. Try after 2022."

Vinous Media 92+
"Full ruby-red. A high-toned hint of Band-Aid quickly dissipated to reveal pure scents of blackberry, cassis and licorice. Dense, sappy and highly concentrated, showing greater inner-mouth peppery/floral lift than the Lady Hawk. Finishes with serious but fine-grained, toothcoating tannins and slowly mounting dark-berry-and-pepper length. More serious and backward than the Lady Hawk and structured to age, but with no lack of sweetness. Both of these wines are also edge-free despite the fact that Andrew Januik practices a somewhat more energetic extraction than his father Mike does for his Januik Winery bottlings.- Stephen Tanzer"

Jeb Dunnuck 91+
"Coming from three separate sites on Red Mountain (Quintessence, Ciel du Cheval, and Obelisco) and all Cabernet, the 2017 Stone Cairn has lots of spicy oak as well as beautiful red and black fruits, cedarwood, and green tobacco aromas and flavors. This ripe, medium to full-bodied Cabernet has ripe tannins, sound underlying structure, and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy over the following 8-10 years."

Wine Advocate 90
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Cairn is succulent with black fruits, juicy dark cherries, the essence of toasted oak and vanilla bean and hints of chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, juicy plum reduction and chocolate-covered blackberries show on the mid-palate with a balanced structure, before ending with a lingering finish. The wine spent 20 months in French oak, 50 first use. Only 7,428 bottles were produced."

The Wine
This wine comes from Shaw, Obelisco, Quintessence, and Ciel du Cheval vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA. These particular vineyards always express the terroir of Red Mountain especially well. The rich soils, dependable air drainage, and limited rainfall result in highly concentrated berries with dense skins, rich inky color, and daring complexity. Aged 21 months in barrel, 55 new French oak. 585 cases produced.

The Estate
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.

Mikes 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 Wineryunlike 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)

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Andrew JanuikJanuik 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)

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