Is it the even years, or is it just the way the planets line up? The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon is another example of how the even years and Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon go hand-in-hand. This varietal loves warmth and 1998 delivered just that. It also gave us hangtime, something winemakers were talking about long before Michael Jordan made it famous. It gives the fruit a chance to achieve sugar and flavor maturity on the vine. This made our job of barrel selecting really easy. As with previous vintages, we aged this in 100% French oak barrels, of which 80% were new and the balance were one year old.
I recommend enjoying the 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon with just about anything but bok choy. Risotto with chanterelles, ox tail stew or lightly smoked pork tenderloin would be great. I promised the buffalo I saw while vineyard sampling this harvest that I wouldn't recommend buffalo. However, I am thinking beefalo would be a nice complement, and if you must, buffalo mozzarella would add to any meal.
Maybe it has to do with the bovine theme, but Willie Nelson's new "Milk Cow Blues" strikes a cord with me. A couple of other interesting CDs are Shawn Mullins "Beneath the Velvet Sun" and Mark Knopfler's new "Sailing to Philadelphia." -John Abbott, Winemaker