Tasty: 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon

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I don't know anything about wine other than “I like” and “I don't like”, and I found out today that I really like this 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon. My sister-in-law normally has an educated idea about what wines she buys, but today was in a rush and just grabbed this Washington State wine on display at the front of the store.

Apparently it's a fairly cheap (low price) commodity wine available all over America.

My sister-in-law thought it was just okay, but I really liked it.

All 7 comments so far, oldest first...
— comment by Damien on August 4th, 2013 at 4:38pm JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

from Massachusetts
14 Hands Merlot is also great. Got our local store to carry 14 Hands

— comment by Myer Bornstein on August 4th, 2013 at 11:13pm JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’ve never had the Cabernet but their Hot To Trot red blend is a ~$10 staple. I think they’re owned and maybe operated by the same mega-winery that makes Columbia Crest and Red Diamond, which are also excellent for the money.

Woah! I just did a little googling — apparently 14 Hands and Red Diamond are subsidiary labels; all of the wine is made at Columbia Crest. Which is the largest winery in the state and is owned by Chateau Ste. Michelle Estates, which is in turned owned by Altria aka Phillip Morris!

A disappointing discovery? As long as the wine is that good and that cheap, I’m okay with it.

— comment by eric on August 5th, 2013 at 12:29am JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink


Please be sure to try the SESSIONS Lager beer when you’re out that way. Its brewed in Oregon so hopefully you’ll be able to find it in Washington. Very tasty, nice and cold. (Red label, brown bottle)

I tend to trust wine recommendations from people who belong to the like/don’t-like school. I’ll see if I can find your 14 Hands Cab Sauv ‘back east’.

All the best.

Ron Evans

— comment by Ron Evans on August 7th, 2013 at 4:07am JST (10 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

From Houston, Texas
I lived in Seattle for a few years and toured both Columbia Crest and Chateau Ste. Michele. Lovely!
Anyway, I tried 14 Hands at my nephew’s home and loved it! Then bought the Hot to Trot Red Blend. for $8.99 at my grocery. WOW! I am impressed. GREAT Deal and I know a little about wine.

Beverly Driskell

— comment by Beverly Driskell on August 9th, 2013 at 1:16pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink


What part of the wine label did you focus on? At “I4 Hands Vineyards,” or the fine print at the bottom?


Considering that the bottle is empty, I’m not sure that the word “focus” is appropriate here :-). It looks like I tried to focus on “Cabernet Sauvignon” or the horse. Not sure. —Jeffrey

— comment by Alexey on August 9th, 2013 at 11:21pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
— comment by PeterL on August 11th, 2013 at 2:22pm JST (10 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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