About This Wine
What’s in a name? When the name is Abeja, plenty.
Spanish for bee, and pronounced ah-BAY-ha, this winery in Washington’s Columbia Valley provides a reminder of times past — when farming implied a respect for the environment. The owners take great care to respect the special land they are privileged to farm.
And it shows through in the quality of their wines, including the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. “What I really like is how this wine combines the bright red and blue fruit and lingering mouthfeel of Washington State Cabernet with the nice, old-world Bordeaux characters of saddle leather, cedar and tar,” says winemaker John Abbott.
And there was a new twist to the 2008 vintage. Says Abbott: “It’s the first Cabernet we have released with a bit of Petit Verdot in the blend, which really drives the fruit and structure in the wine.” You could say that, in crafting this wine, Abbott was busy as a bee.
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:90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Columbia Valley, Washington
- Aromas & Flavors:Boysenberry, Blackberry, Plum, Soy and Minerals
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (60% First Use) for 25 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionpulled pork and fresh steamer clams in a spicy red sauce.
The fruit for the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley came from the Sagemoor and Red Mountain vineyards. The wine is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc aged in 60% new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports a fragrant perfume of toasty oak, mineral, cassis, violets, and blackberry. Round, rich, and concentrated on the palate, this lengthy effort will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and will offer optimum drinking from 2013 to 2023.