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Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: (83% cabernet sauvignon and 17% merlot) Deep ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, cocoa powder, musky espresso and smoky oak; a bit blacker in character than the 2001. Then denser, sweeter and larger-scaled, as well as more structured and backward. Again, the wine's boysenberry, plum and chocolate flavors show a rather restrained sweetness. A step up in complexity from the 2001 bottling. Finishes long and firm, with a late hint of woodsmoke. Ross Andrew notes that this wine contains a higher percentage of fruit from the cooler Boushey Vineyard, which typically ripens its fruit at a lower alcohol level. Still, this wine is a bit higher in alcohol than the 2001 (13.9 vs. 13.8%), but with a lower pH (3.7 vs. 3.8).

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.


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