The House Of Independent Producers Cabernet Sauvignon
The House of Independent Producers (HIP) Cabernet Sauvignon reminds the drinker why Cabernet Sauvignon is a structure varietal. Too many times this grape is abused with oak perfume and picked late, like an old man, wrinkled, soft, and complacent. Take your Cabernet Sauvignon young, tight, transparent, and leave the Jam bombs for your sugar drinking friends. It’s time to taste the varietal, not the brand. HIP is a project directed by Christophe Hedges, bringing to the table some of the more compelling Columbia Valley AVA vineyard sites.
A lean, angular, racy, penetrating, crystalline structure is excellent for those drinkers looking for a more conservative fruit approach. On the palate, mocha spice and tomato leaf give this wine a sophisticated balance of varietal expression and classic wine making style.
For those who like to have a little bit of fun with their steak seasonings, this wine takes on New York Strip with open arms. Though, this wine is more than a "meat and potatoes" type of presentation and welcomes roasted leg of lamb or ancho braised pork shoulder with a bacon and root vegetable platter.