8 Washington Cabs to drink now

by | Jul 7, 2013 | Washington wine | 0 comments

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Washington wineCanoe Ridge is a hill overlooking the Columbia River in Washington’s southern Horse Heaven Hills. It has a lengthy history that goes back to when Lewis & Clark were floating toward the Pacific Ocean and destiny. As the story goes, one of the intrepid explorers looked up at the ridge and thought it looked like an upside-down canoe. Nearly two centuries later, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates began planting grapes here, and it is turning out to be a real sweet spot. This Cab uses estate grapes and shows off aromas of dusty cherry, mint and oak, followed by flavors of black currant, black olive, black tea and dark chocolate. There’s a lot to like in this wine.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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