Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington

$31.49 $28.34
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Item No. 23258
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • WS89
  • WE89
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • WE91
  • 1995
  • WS88
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Winemaker's Notes

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

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard's estate vineyard, uniquely sited at a broad section of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, produces grapes of uncommon quality. The vast river moderates temperatures, prolonging the grapes' time on the vines during summer days, which are longer at this northern latitude, while protecting the vines from hard freezes in the winter. Sheltering ridges limit...

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Learn 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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(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,...

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