Many of the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons
that emerged from Washington's first quarter-century of fine winemaking
used a percentage of their fruit from the vineyards sloping down from
Red Mountain toward the Yakima River just above Benton City near Richland.
This site offers good air drainage and light soils that encourage grape
vines to seek nutrients via deep roots. Irrigated vineyards allow the
grape growers to control vine vigor and to ease the vines into dormancy