The Manhattan Project 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Manhattan Project 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Walla Walla, Washington. While not necessarily the first place most people would think of when it comes to big red wines, Washington’s only shared AVA with Oregon packs some huge red wine powerhouses in a relatively small area!

Dedicated to the big city, in an effort to replicate (or perhaps cash in) on the large and wonderfully big, loud, amazing place that is Manhattan,  there’s a certain affinity for those of us that have lived in the city (or watch too much Mad Men) that makes the wine label an attractive purchase.  Of course there’s the other meaning of the Manhattan Project, which was the infamous title given to the effort to create the first Atomic Bombs, so does this wine raise a glass to the big apple or is it just a bomb?


Sight: A very deep purple, perfect for a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Smell: Raisins, black currant, and plum mix with vanilla and cherrywood.

Sip: Blackberries, black currants, and plums meet with full power in a firm wine.  The acidity is slightly higher than usual for Cabernet Sauvignon, but is rounded out by lovely notes of toffee and coffee. [ABV 13.5%]

Savor: Raspberry mocha espresso lingers enticingly on the palate, with a gentle but flavorful touch of acidity.

At $9.95 this is a very good Cabernet Sauvignon, being both well balanced, and very flavorful.  The wine itself is quite smooth, and the flavors are enjoyable for just drinking or matching with food.  The acidity helps to keep the wine lively as well.  While it isn’t necessarily the kind of wine you’d be looking to have with a big grilled steak, it will pair well with pasta, marinated leg of lamb, or cheeseburgers.  If you can find it, definitely pick up a bottle!

Seriously, buy a bottle.  It’s delicious.

Price: $9.95

Walla Walla, Washington

  • I must make a comment about the “Cabernet Sauvignon  from Walla Walla, Washington and not necessarily the first place most people would think of when it comes to big red wines…”  Really? What wines do people think of when it comes to Walla2? I am curious, because the very first wines that were coming out of Walla Walla were big tannic Cabernets and Merlots. 

    • Oops!  That’s a good call Catie 🙂

      When I wrote that, I wrote it from the perspective that assumed many people new to wine would think of California or Australia before they thought of Washington State (and by association Walla Walla, which in fairness is somewhat unfair to Walla Walla, since Washington is huge, and it’s climate is shared with Oregon). 

      I think I need to work a bit harder on my Washington knowledge!

      Thank you for the heads up,
      Nick

      P.S. It’s still a really delicious wine for $10

  • Jason

    I love this wine. Nice structured body that takes your palate on a delightful journey. You guys did a great job describing this wine.

    • Hi Jason,

      Glad you enjoyed the review, it certainly is a delicious Cabernet Sauv!  Got any other wines you really enjoy? 

      Cheers,
      Nick

      • Jason

        I do love some Washington State Wines. You should try the Waterbrook Reserve Cab!  Great wine, excellent ratings, and consistently great vintages.

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  • Drquiles

    I recently tried this wine and paired it with some well seasoned short ribs and scallops.  Here in Rhode Island we try all our adventurous wines with some surf and turf.  Summers in New England will now be complete.   I will have to keep my eyes and taste buds on the look out for Washington State now.  This doctor is now a fan of Manhattan Project and even more a fan of a nice little wine we discovered called Chocolate Shop to finish off our dessert palate.  Pura Vida! 

  • Randy

    This is a great Cab at a great price!

  • Yvette

    If you are looking for a Cabernet that’s full bodied and yet at an affordable price? Then you do not need to look further. The Manhattan Project is the answer! The first time I had this wine, I was amazed by the quality of the wine and I instantly thought it was an expensive wine. But when I was told the price….OMG….let’s just say that I went to the store that night and bought 3 bottles! And will continue to purchase more! Love it!!!!

  • Alex

    I had at a restaurant and had to go buy it. This wine is a must try!

  • Anonymous

    Excellent wine, my daughters godfather brought over a bottle to watch a pre-season football game. I looked at him like “really…….wine?!?”….and by halftime, after I took my foot out of my mouth I asked him where I could purchase some. Needless to say its in my wine cabinet RIGHT NOW.
    Thanks Padrino

  • Roberttvrc

    I just purchased this wine for the first time. I was amazed how elegant this and smooth this cab is. I’m so hook on this wine. My fav by far.

  • William Winehart

    I have tried this and it is a pretty good bottle of wine.  It is great for everyday meals and looking forward to trying their Chardonnay.  Reasonably priced….

  • Darleen

    We bought a bottle w/ dinner at the Americana Diner in NJ..GREAT!!!! we paid 32 a bottle worth it…only to find out it sells for 9.95 oh well gotta get some from my neighborhood wine place..if he can get it….