Set squarely within the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, with hot, dry weather (and significant winds as a result of the desert meeting the cool Pacific Ocean), McKinley Springs Vineyard has two distinct advantages, which makes it arguably the best place outside of Napa to make Cabernet.
First, the vineyard is more than 1,000 feet above sea level, giving it an extra layer of protection from the desert heat and making for super cool nights that is perfect for growing full-bodied, juicy Cabs with gorgeous natural acidity.
Then you take into account that McKinley Springs is one of the oldest in the region, with the vines all planted more than 40 years ago… man even typing this up, I still don’t understand how Chad finds these places!
Chad’s 2020 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is drop dead gorgeous. Those of you who were lucky to catch our sneak preview when we put it in our Gobbler Case can attest.