Underground Wine Project 2012 Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon
Fellow wine lovers, I think it’s time for some Cabernet, right? The weather is getting colder, down-right stormy even, and we need something big and hardy to help us keep warm… enter, Underground Wine Project’s new Cab.
You may remember our debuting of the “Underground Wine Project” which is a collaboration between cult status Mark Ryan Winery and Sleight of Hand Cellars, with their first wine called “Idle Hands” Red. It’s literally the second most popular wine we’ve yet to feature on Impulse, with almost everyone who got some emailing me after trying it, asking for seconds. Luckily, they’re now introducing a new wine in the Underground Wine Project line-up, and it’s called Devil’s Playground- sticking with the theme of course.
Underground Wine Project 2012 “Devil’s Playground” Cabernet Sauvignon $31.99 (Regularly $40)
Friends, and even partners in crime, Mark Ryan McNeilly (Mark Ryan Winery) and Trey Busch (Sleight of Hand Cellars) are both long time veterans of the Washington State wine industry. Both known for making some heavy hitting red wines, they have tremendous followings by wine lovers locally and all over the country.
With combined efforts, they’re not only turning out a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon, but also one that’s an outstanding value. This Devil’s Playground is big and bold, shows a near opaque inky darkness in color, and has full bodied, chewy tannins, while still retaining a silky smoothness. Just like the Idle Hands Red, it’s going for that more hedonistic, pure pleasure seeking style of Cabernet, loaded with dark chocolate overtones, and hints of red licorice candy. It’s aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels, infusing into the wine gobs of vanilla bean, toast, acacia bark and cinnamon spiciness. There’s plenty of juicy dark fruits of blackberries and raspberries, with hints of dried Turkish Figs, while beneath the indulgent qualities lies much finesse and earth.
Fruit for the Devil’s Playground is sources from Wallula Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, which is quickly becoming the backbone of many top wines in Washington. It’s 90% Cabernet with an added 10% Syrah to smooth it out and make it especially complex. The wine showcases an essence of dusty earth, reminiscent of a classic Rutherford Cabernet, backed by insinuations of cedar, with savory herbs like oregano, sage, and rosemary. After several hours in the decanter, the palate gives way to spicy flavors of red pepper flakes and ancho chili powder. It’s one of the most generously dense, long, and flavorful Cabernets I’ve had, in this range, all year long. Among the best values in Washington Cab to be found, for sure.
Underground Wine Project Devil’s Playground Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Vineyard: Wallula Vineyard
Grape: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah
Aging: 24 months in 100% New French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2021
Body: Full Bodied
Drink This if you Like: Big Bold Cabernet, Rutherford
Food Pairings: Filet Mignon with demi-glace