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Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $25.00 per bottle

Description: (A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot). The 2001 vintage marked our third vintage and another in the string of great harvests that have fallen upon Washington. The grapes for this wine came from the Alder Ridge, Boushey and Hedges vineyards. These three vineyards have very distinct profiles and each brings something special to the blending table. These differences allow us to craft a wine that is representative of both its sources and the vintage. In the glass, you’ll notice the deep red color and the intense bouquet. Aromatically, the wine opens with cassis, blackberry and a trace of earth. With some time in the glass the wine begins to express hints of black cherry, leather and black olives. The long finish is punctuated with roasted coffee, smoke and peat. The wonderful balance between fruit, mouth-feel and structure not only suggests that this wine will be an incredible match with food now, but will age nicely over the next few years.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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