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This 1997 Columbia Valley "old vines" cabernet sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970's. This red wine is a blend of 66.7% cabernet from Champoux vineyard, formerly known as Mercer Ranch, and 33.3% cabernet from Sagemoor vineyard, both situated above the Columbia River in southeastern Washington.
This wine was pumped over and punched down three to four times per day in small stainless steel tanks. Average brix was over 24 degrees with harvest running into the middle of October 1997. Fermentation ranged from nine to fourteen days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French chateau barrels for aging and maturation. In early August 1999, this wine was racked from barrel and was bottled unfined and unfiltered later that same month.
This 1997 "old vines" cabernet sauvignon is a powerful successor to the 1995 "old vines". We did not produce an "old vines" in 1996 due to winter damage. The 1997 vintage gave grapes of full physiological maturity offering a wine of incredible structure, concentration, and richness of fruit! Flavors of ripe raspberry and blackberry married with spicy, toasted oak and vanilla explode in the mouth, and the color is deeply purple! This wine will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper cellaring, should last twenty years! Cheers!
Woodward Canyon Winery was founded by Rick Small in 1981. He is currently soul-searching on the subject of terroir. Debating the suitability of certain varietals to certain vineyard plots has become a quandary. On the one hand, the grapes growing there do fine and are the basis for extremely successful wines (Chardonnay, mostly); on the other, would Merlot or Cabernet Franc provide even more exciting character? The evolution of the Northwest wine industry continues.
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...Read More About Columbia Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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