Here we go again. Our reserve cab is always our show stopper and the 2009 is no exception. We always cherry-pick our favorite cab barrels for this 100% cab blend. The majority of them come from Catherineís block at Dineen Vineyard. Our rows are right at the top of the crest where the soil is extremely shallow & rocky, leaving the vine to eek out an existence producing 1.5 tons of fruit per acre. We always feel very sad for them, but the byproduct is pea-sized fruit thatís over the top with concentrated flavor. When the pick day comes for the Catís Cab we know weíre in for a workout because the fruit is so dense; we can barely punch down the must in the fermentor. 260 cases produced.
Wine Enthusiast July 2013 93 Points Cellar Selection
Stevens 2009 Reserve Cabernet, Yakima Valley $45
The XY Reserve from Stevens is the best of an outstanding lineup of cellar-worthy, Yakima Valley red wines. Both elegant and powerful, it opens with a well-finessed bouquet of funk, fruit and flowers. The mid-palate brings compact black fruits, beautifully-structured with firm acids and fine tannins. This may be decanted and enjoyed immediately, or cellared indefinitely. ó P.G.