About This Wine
Fifteen miles west of the town of Patterson, you’ll find one of Washington’s finest wineries.
The vineyards of Alder Ridge sit atop a series of sparsely vegetated ridges that shoot up nearly a thousand feet above the river below. This is one of the dry areas of a state known for its dampness, and that’s one of the keys to growing high-quality grapes.
The region gained official American Viticultural Area status in 2005; it’s known as Horse Heaven Hills. Alder Ridge is perhaps the best situated estate within the AVA. “One of the wonders of Alder Ridge is the diversity in elevation, soil depths and exposure,” says winemaker Rob Chowanietz. “Along with seven different Cabernet clones, we have beautiful blending opportunities.”
The 2005 Alder Ridge is a Bordeaux-style blend that melds that wonderful Cabernet with four other varieties. Give it a few minutes in the glass to open up, and you’ll see why Alder Ridge is the talk of the Washington wine scene.
About Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep color and richness with the potential to age a long time, and better still if aged in oak before bottling. Classic flavors blackcurrant, plum, cherry and spice. The most popular varietal of red wine in America.
- Grape Composition:78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec & 3% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
- Aromas & Flavors:Cedar, Black Cherry, Anise, Dark Chocolate & Espresso
- Aging Vessels:American Oak Barrels for 22 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionlamb chops, or thinly-sliced prime rib.