What we’re drinking: Januik Cab

Mary writes:

It’s not everyday that you get to drink a lovely aged bottle from the cellar. But considering I reached a milestone birthday this month, why not?

Mike Januik has been working in Washington wine industry since the mid-1980s. Establishing contacts with the region’s top growers in Champoux, Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval and Weinbau is what makes any Cab worth its weight in gold — and that’s exactly what Januik has done.

The 2006 Januik Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 92 points by the Wine Spectator — the finish just doesn’t quit, best after 2012 — and 90 points from Stephen Tanzer.

Januik blended 7 percent Merlot and 2 percent Cabernet Franc with the Cab and aged it primarily in new French oak barrels for 20 months.

The ruby hued, medium-bodied wine had lots of currant, blackberry and black cherry fruit on the nose and palate with a hint of licorice spice. Smooth as velvet with a mouth-watering finish.