Known for its many and varied microclimates (cool, warm, windy, hilly, flat), Columbia Valley is the umbrella AVA under which many of the state’s sub-AVAs fall. While it contains 99% of wine grapes grown in Washington state, 6,851 of its acres are unique to the Columbia Valley and don’t overlap another sub-AVA in the state.
2017 The Guide Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Opening with inviting aromas of cherry, cocoa and leather, this wine leads to a silky palate that is layered with vanilla clove. This well-structured wine leaves developed cedar and lingering fruit on the finish.
The 2017 Washington State harvest proved to be spectacular with a record crop level and excellent quality. All factors needed for success came together perfectly: cool nights, lots of warm weather in the growing season, and rain limited mostly to the shoulder seasons. Harvest started the third week of September and wrapped in the second week of November. The crop across the state was heavy, yet bountiful with quality. Our vineyard team enjoyed weather that enabled them to pick at will, affording perfect flavor, acidity and sugar levels.
2018 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Aromas of cassis, black raspberry and minerals are followed by full and complex flavors of licorice and ripe plum. Dried blueberry, strawberry jam and a touch of cocoa on the nose lead to concentrated dark red fruit flavors of freeze-dried raspberry, black plum, and strawberry lozenge on the palate. The finish is long and round with lingering notes of black licorice, clove and cocoa.
Wonderful aromas of blackberries and black currants on the nose, with some baking spice and cedar notes from the oak. The tannins are soft and integrated, and the wine finishes with ripe berry fruit on the palate.
The 2016 growing season started quickly with warm temperatures across Washington, encouraging vigorous vine development. By late June, temperatures cooled considerably, creating optimal growing conditions for fruit maturation. In late summer, rain came to the vineyard and helped ease vine stress, while the vineyard teams worked tirelessly to ensure the canopies and fruit clusters would produce top quality grapes. Longer-ripening red varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon, will show more savory characteristics than in years past and should make for cellar-worthy wines.
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
Grape Source: 100% Canoe Ridge
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: September-October 2016
Oak: 100% French oak, 40% new
Total Acidity: 5.78 g/l
Included in the Box
2x 2017 The Guide Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
2x 2018 The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Canoe Ridge Vineyard is one of Washington State’s most recognized wineries, with its namesake vineyard established in 1989 in the Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Area. Varieties are focused on Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The name comes from a ridge by the vineyard located along the mid-Columbia River, near the town of Paterson. Famed explorers, Lewis & Clark, named this crest of land as they journeyed down the Columbia River in 1805. From the river, the adventurers thought the ridge resembled an overturned canoe. The Walla Walla-based winery marked its 20th anniversary in 2014.
The thrill of the chase can only be bested by the satisfaction of capturing the prize. The same can be said of The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve pursued Columbia Valley’s top vineyards to hand-craft delicious wine worthy of its name. Consider the Huntsman your prize, bottled.
The Guide Wine Company
The Guide was inspired by our relentlessly curious wine expert, Phil Hurst, in constant discovery of delicious wine grapes grown all over the world. With a palate and a passport, The Guide’s great finds are taken back to the winery to be blended and aged to perfection, then bottled in very limited production. Savor these intriguing discoveries with The Guide.
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Fun! Takes me back to the “good ole days”. These were some of my first purchases, when I became wootified, about 7 years ago!
Although I’ve never tried the Guide (it sounds the most intriguing), 2 out of 3 I could recommend.
@ttboy23 Yeah, the goodle days. I just discovered a bottle of the '13 white in a box. Looks a lot more golden than the original, probably it’s somewhat the worse for wear having been stored for several years at room temperature. What the heck, I put it in the fridge to give it a try later today.
Speaking of the wootle days and things lying around in a box, any chance there are more of those “last days of the S.S. W.Woot” t-shirts lying around somewhere? @winedavid49
87 Points Canoe Ridge 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills)
Aromas of cocoa, red apple skin and cherry cola are followed by quite ripe dark cherry flavors. It’s doesn’t all stitch together but still provides enjoyment. SPS 12/31/19
87 Points The Guide 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))
The aromas show notes of garden herb, orange peel, mesquite and raspberry, with the palate showing more of the same, accented by a touch of sweetness. A citrus twist flavor lingers on the finish. SPS 4/1/20
2017 Guide was offered here 3/9/19 along with different vintages of the same two other wines. Here are the specs from that: Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah; AVA/Grape Source: Wallula Vineyards, Goose Ridge Vineyards, Alder Ridge; Harvest Date: 9/25/2017 to 11/15/2017; Barrel Regime: 12 months in 20% American Oak; Alcohol: 13.35%
I was ready to order a case of each of the Pedroncelli Friends (my wife likes the white, the red sounds interesting), and then I came across this. Decided that the Vigo Mixed Whites & Rose that I’ve got coming could do instead of the Friends White, and this should easily do in place of the Friends Red, so this one won (and much safer to receive one case than three within a short time).