Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
Dark ruby and garnet core with a crimson rim. Concentrated and intense; nuances of cocoa, forest floor, truffles and red currant back up dark cherry and kirsch. A slight capsicum/pepper gives this wine its varietal thumbprint without being overbearing. Round and generous with great flavor intensity and persistent finish, this wine is seductive and polished. Decant and drink.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Wine Enthusiast - "Young, supple and stylish, this mixes notes of berry, plum and cassis, demonstrating poise and richness. The barrel flavors are smoothly integrated; the finish is rich and dark, with a strong streak of cacao. Editors' Choice."
Alder Ridge Winery
Located on the Columbia River, on the Southern border of Washington state, Alder Ridge has been regarded as one of the finest vineyard sites in the entire state. Natural wind and air drainage protects the vines from the harsh weather conditions, both in the summer and winter. View all Alder Ridge Wines
About Columbia Valley
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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6 ratings, 4 with reviewsnicholasv - Dublin, OH28/18/2014Robert S. - Davis, CA46/26/2013
Initial aromas show bold vanilla oak, blackberry, currant, and floral components. Aromas seem to close up shortly after pouring the first glass, then reappear after a bit of airing in the glass, bringing some herbal, cedar, and cocoa components to the background. Bold currant and blackberry flavors with an oaky background; some dark chocolate, cocoa, and black cherry components emerge as the wine airs in the glass. On second night, aromas start out similar to but a bit more subdued than the initial aromas on the first night, but pick up a bit as the wine airs in the glass. Flavors on the second night similar to the first, with a bit of plum also showing. Third night similar to the second, but with a tinge of sharpness showing in the flavors. Fourth night similar to the second, without any hint of sharpness in the flavors. Full bodied with mild tannins that become more noticeable as the wine airs in the glass. Held up surprisingly well after opening.rond - Novato, CA36/5/2013norab - Pittsburgh, PA55/8/2013
- Big & Bold
Really smooth and nice to drinkRalph McCurdy - Portland, OR25/3/2013First bottle was a little on the sour side, so can't give a good rating. Maybe second bottle well be better?Chappy - Dayton, OH34/26/2013Good but overpriced at $24.99.
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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