Octave is an unforgiving place, a windy, rocky site midway (1,300 feet) up the SeVein hill, an area that’s proving to be an extremely expressive Walla Walla subregion. Winemaker Justin Wylie has license to push ripeness at such a challenging spot, knowing that the basalt soils will tether the fruit. The wine leads with scents of cassis and unsweetened chocolate while the flavors of plum, black fig, maple and mint have a dusty, windswept savor. For the cellar.
Hanatoro 2017 Walla Walla Valley Octave Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.
This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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