Wine Review – Sagelands Vineyard

25th March 2011

Producer: Sagelands Vineyard Four Corners

Region: Columbia Valley

Vintage: 2007

Varietal: Merlot

Description: Tried this merlot on the recommendation of a friend. While it retails for about 18.99, it was on sale, so I gave it a shot. I was immediately surprised by vibrant cherry flavors of the wine. The tannins are soft and approachable giving the wine a nice feel on the palate. In addition to the cherries I got black fruit, spice and plum. Overall, it is a decent everyday red and one that I will try again in the future.

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Sagelands Vineyard
Sagelands is located in the “Four Corners” of Washington’s Columbia Valley-Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Walla Walla Valley. The area has become known as one of the better growing regions for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Washington State.

Sagelands winemaker’s notes:

Our 2007 Sagelands Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of another excellent harvest in the Four Corners of Washington’s Columbia Valley. Vineyards here give our Cabernet Sauvignon its beautiful, deep garnet color and sweet scents of ripe dark cherry and huckleberry jam, with hints of cocoa, pie spices and sweet, freshly cut pipe tobacco. The flavors mirror the fruit-filled aromas, with nicely integrated tannins providing supple structure. These long, richly textured flavors culminate in a peppery spice finish.

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