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Hood Crest Winery

Hood Crest Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rockin’ out in the Mt. Hood foothills

Love reds? Love whites? How about blues?

At Hood Crest Winery, you’re almost as likely to hear winemaker Tess Barr jamming with her eponymous blues band as you are to taste her wines. After all, the recording studio and record label are right there on the property.

Jam-packed with visitors, vintages routinely sell out, and Tess and Patrik’s sense of whimsy is always on display. They’re also not afraid to challenge tradition (and maybe even break a rule or two) — giving some of their wines names that are just-that-close to official names, including the Barrdeaux Blend (a name now outlawed by the feds) and the Super Tesscan.

If you’re lucky enough to be at Hood Crest on a weekend when the Tess Barr Band is jammin’, you’ll get an unparalleled experience — gorgeous views of Mt. Hood, rockin’ music, hot pizza right from the wood-fired oven, and stellar wines.

Hood Crest Winery

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Hood Crest Winery, Hood River, Oregon
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Waving Tree vineyard on a hillside overlooking the Columbia River just a few miles from the Hood Crest Winery.

In Tess Barr’s hands, this wine is anything but a California Cab fruit bomb. Six years after harvest and nearly four years after bottling, this wine is fantastic with grilled meats and carne asada tacos.

When you first pour a glass, you’ll note floral aromas and hints of jalapeño on the nose. The wine bursts with tart cranberry and cherry flavors alongside the usual darker berry flavors. It finishes with hints of oak and pepper.

Just 190 cases produced.

A Cellar 503 selection in June 2022, Columbia Gorge Columbia Valley | Cabernet Sauvignon