The House of Independent Producers (HIP) Cabernet Sauvignon reminds the drinker why Cabernet Sauvignon is a structure varietal. A lean, angular, racy, penetrating, crystalline structure is excellent for those drinkers looking for a more conservative fruit approach. Too many times this grape is abused with oak perfume and picked late, like an old man, wrinkled, soft, and complacent. Take your Cabernet Sauvignon young, tight, transparent, and leave the Jam bombs for your sugar drinking friends. It’s time to taste the varietal, not the brand. HIP is a project directed by Christophe Hedges, bringing to the table some of the more compelling Columbia Valley AVA vineyard sites.The project focuses on expressing the terroir of some of the best vineyard sites in Washington through single-varietal, single-vineyard wines. To further emphasize the purity of the wines, they are not supported by advertising or scores; they stand on the authenticity of their provenance alone. The 2014 Cabernet offers ripe black fruit, cassis and spice tones with a long, flavourful finish.