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Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    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, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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 wind damage and hold warmth around the vines. The grapes from this vineyard are as unique as the area, with layers of concentrated fruit and lush, supple texture.

    The winery uses traditional French cellar practices, such as small-lot fermentation, gentle handling and French oak barrels, to enhance the fruit. To allow the best expression of each lot, the winemaker tailors the yeast strains, barrel selection and fermentation practices to complement the many different dimensions of the fruit. The winery is known for its unique Merlot, which displays the traditional elegant, classic flavors of Bordeaux Merlot, yet has the suppleness of Pinot Noir.

    CWC81802_1998 Item# 23258