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This Cab charms you, like the smiles of Leslie and Leonard Brown! It's balanced and elegant, with the right amount of heft that builds through the finish. Red berries and cassis are highlighted by lovely floral, oak, and licorice notes. This drinks remarkably well when opened, and even better with an hour in a decanter. - Marcus

Leonard and Leslie Brown are doing everything right. They've launched a beautiful Cabernet, Ellanelle, from sustainably-grown estate vineyards in Walla Walla. They put a modest price tag on it, which reflects their modesty and genuine nature. They kept production to less than 200 cases. Simply put, they are great people making great wine, the right way.

93 Points: As fresh as any young red wine can be, it charms immediately with a lovely, sweetly floral nose and luscious, berry fruit flavors. Yes, there is plenty of toasty oak goodness, but it’s layered in with the fruit and soil flavors. Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable bottle right now, with a good decade or more of aging potential. - Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot. 182 cases made.

Approachable, but not shy, the 2009 Ellanelle Cabernet Sauvignon is so intensely deep in color, you may be surprised by its lovely herbal tones. This fruit-forward wine is dominated by black currants and supported from start to finish by a moderate tannin structure. As the wine breathes, you’ll detect hints of oak, anise, and black pepper through the midpalate along with an earthy taste of the soil we love so much. Layered and complex, with great depth, this wine pairs well with a variety of foods and can be enjoyed now or aged. - the winery

2008 Vintage

Sensuous and suave, dark and mysterious. Glass staining dense purple color. An intoxicating swirl of classic Cabernet Sauvignon - sophistication and heft combined. Creamy black cherry and a "pop" of red cherry in a lush fruit conserve tinged with vanilla, licorice, and sweet oak. Supple and smooth, finishes with lingering black fruit and earth. Delicious right out of the bottle or cellar. A real find, highly recommended. - Jean

The full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautifully deep, dark cherry nose and is dominated by luscious black cherry from its start to its long splendid finish. The full, soft, creamy mouth feel is very fruit forward, with tannins present but soft and silky. As the wine breathes, you'll detect hints of oak, caramel, vanilla and black licorice through the mid-palate and beyond. You'll also pick up an earthy taste of the soil we love so much. - the winery

Oregon's Walla Walla Appellation

Ellanelle is located on the Oregon' side of the Walla Walla wine appellation. Yes, Oregon. The Walla Walla wine appellation reaches across the Columbia River to Milton-Freewater, Oregon, a one horse town not associated with wine tourism or much else. (The town's nickname for itself is "Muddy-Frogwater!)

Collectors of Walla Walla wines descend on the Oregon side of the river for a huge, world famous reason - Cayuse. The famed Washington winery is actually located in Milton-Freewater, although they have a tasting room open one day a year in the town of Walla Walla, Washington.

Cayuse is on the Oregon side for the soil, or more accurately, "the rocks." In 1996 on a visit to Walla Walla, Christophe Baron discovered a piece of land covered with round river rocks. He immediately decided to move there and plant a vineyard. What inspired Christophe about those basalt rocks was their resemblance to the famous stones in the great vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He planted a vineyard, made a series of 97-100 point wines, and the area became "the" place to plant a vineyard. Today, the apple orchards are gone and rows of vines fill the fields.

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