This 2015 'Holler' Cabernet Sauvignon (named for Red Hollow where owner, Chris Sparkman’s parents live in Knoxville, TN) is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah which was sourced from the following vineyards; Olsen 27%, Dionysus 24%, Obelisco 13%, Klipsun 11%, Kiona 10%, Oasis 6%, Boushey 6% and Upland 3%. The final blend was aged for 18 months in 30% new oak, 68% of which was in French and 32% American oak barrels. We like how the fruit is expressed with just the right amount of ripeness without being too ripe or extracted. In other words, this is a really well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon blend that has structure, and at the same time, a very friendly personality. It's also a great value at only $30 a bottle, especially when one considers the impressive grape sources which include some of the best vineyards in Washington State.
After an impressive career as a Sommelier and Wine Director at several noteworthy wine-centric restaurants in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., Chris Sparkman landed in Seattle, Washington where he served as General Manager at as General Manager at Waterfront Seafood Grill from 2003-2011 and was named ‘Sommelier of the Year’ by Seattle Magazine in 2010. He met his future wife, Kelly there and the two decided to start their own wine label in 2004. The Sparkmans don’t own any vineyards thus they source a wide variety of grapes from some of the best sites in Washington and produce over 20 different wines.