Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sagelands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon , 2005

Sagelands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Four Corners, 2005

In making the 2005 Four Corners Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaker Frederique Spencer blended Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from diverse origins to take advantage of each vineyard’s unique character. Integrating a small amount of traditional Bordeaux varietals like Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot allowed her to create a complex and versatile mosaic. The Merlot softens the palate, the Malbec adds fruit and color and the Petit Verdot brings a touch of blueberry and fine tannins. This wine is very approachable now and will continue to gain complexity over the next few years.
This is an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that has a deep ruby color and intense nose of blackberry, blueberry, cherry and caramel coated violets. This a classic, easy-drinking Washington State Cabernet with loads of dark berry and cherry flavor, medium tannins and a smooth long finish. We enjoyed this delightful wine with a wood grilled Flat-Iron Steak with a crisp Romaine Salad and some garlic roasted Brussel Sprouts. This is an excellent value from an outstanding vintage. Available in the Seattle are for under $10.

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