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Friday, June 19, 2009

2006 Sagelands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Four Corners"

The 2006 vintage of the "Four Corners" Cabernet Sauvignon from Sagelands is another exceptional value play from Washington's Columbia Valley appellation. If you're looking for a great Cab for under fifteen bucks then you'll be hard pressed to find one much better than this.

The wine is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 6% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. The grapes were sourced from four distinct appellations in eastern Columbia Valley; the Doval Vineyard, located at the bottom of Saddle Mountain by the Columbia River, the Andrews Vineyard on Horse Heaven Hills, the Spring Creek Vineyard in lower Yakima and Elephant Mountain Vineyard perched high in the Rattlesnake Hills. The wine was aged in 100% American Oak barrels (15% new) for 16 months.

On the nose I get some really nice dark fruits and black cherry aromas combined with dark chocolate, earth, spice, oak, and a touch of anise. This smells like real wine folks, and at this price range it's hard to find a wine with great complexity and depth in aroma.

On the palate I get flavors of black berry, black cherry, toasted oak, and a touch of black licorice. There is nice savory and spicy fruit here and a velvety texture with pronounced but integrated tannin. This wine would be brilliant with steak and potatoes and delivers exceptional quality for the price. 88+ points
beth said...

I love wine but I have never tasted 2006 sagewine. wish if i could taste it this weekend. nice blog.

 
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