Source: Dallas Morning News
May 22, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy
When Oklahoman Bill Powers saw eastern Washington in the late 1950s, he must have felt right at home. On the west side of the massive Cascade Mountain range, Seattle’s famous gray skies and lots of rain are the norm. But the east side is high desert — dry, with hot summers.
In 1982, Powers and his son Greg planted their Badger Mountain Vineyard. They started converting their farming practices to organic and were certified in 1990. In addition to making wines from their estate grapes, they work with grape growers throughout the state to create well-priced, high-value wines.
This Columbia Valley cabernet is a lot of wine for the money. It’s got plenty of plump and effusive blackberry, blueberry and black currant fruit, with an inkling of dried herbs. It’s medium-bodied with plenty of snappy acidity, finishing with dusty tannins. Serve it with barbecued ribs or a grilled steak.