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Cabernet for the Holidays

Vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon | $147 (30% off original value of $210)

The season of gifting has arrived and we have selected a group of Cabernets that will make the perfect gift. Whether it be for friends, family, colleagues or a great addition to your wine collection – this offering is a must have!

We are offering a “Vertical” of three different vintages, presenting wines from three warmer years following the 2011 cool year. Three different winemakers displaying their talent working with Cabernet Sauvignon from Bacchus, Dionysus and Sagemoor.

Order now through December 17th to guarantee arrival for Christmas.

For the Holidays we are offering a great deal of 30% off plus a free Sagemoor wine key and $1 shipping on this Cabernet box!

2012 Bookwalter Winery Sagemoor Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Selection)
2013 Walla Walla Vintners Sagemoor Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Selection)
2014 Sagemoor Stars in a Row

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  • 2012

    ”Field Blend“ | Cabernet Sauvignon
    J. Bookwalter

  • 2013

    Cabernet Sauvignon | Sagemoor Vineyard
    Walla Walla Vintners

  • 2014

    Stars in a Row | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

Only 40 cases of this wine were made and it was never available to the public.

The deliciousness of this bottle is made slightly more special thanks to family ties to our land. Winemaker John Bookwalter can tell stories of living onsite at Bacchus and Dionysus, as his father, Jerry Bookwalter, helped to plant the vineyards.

Now all these years later, that same Bookwalter kid who once lived on our land is making award-winning wines from our vineyards. But with this wine, he wouldn’t take all of the credit, as it’s a field blend with our former vineyard manager, Derek Way.

How lucky are we to have had the opportunity to make this wine in the fairytale vintage of 2012?”

Field blends are historically common in Europe. We don’t see them as much in the New World. Field blends rely almost entirely on instinct, they harken back to a day when scientific methods weren’t quite so prevalent. Fast forward, on six different occasions (‘04, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, and ‘12) Sagemoor walked the vineyards and pick-tasted our way to a field blend. For our 2012, then-vineyard manager Derek Way went block by block, sampling grapes from unclaimed vines in Dionysus, and identified those worthy of a namesake blend. We filled the bin with about 80% of Derek-selected Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and the remaining bin space was filled with Merlot and Petit Verdot. John Bookwalter provided the finishing touches, barreled and bottled it. How lucky are we to have had the opportunity to make this wine in the fairytale vintage of 2012? And now to have it when most of the legendary 2012 vintage is sold out? Yahoo!

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BOTTLE NOTES

Winery
J. Bookwalter

Winemaker
John Bookwalter

Appellation
Columbia Valley

Vineyard (s)
Dionysus, Weinbau

Blend
89% Cabernet Sauvignon (Dionysus)
10% Merlot (Weinbau)
1% Petit Verdot (Dionysus)

Alcohol
14.8%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
October 12

TASTING NOTES

The J. Bookwalter Field Blend is a savory red with aromas of smoky meat, coffee grounds, and a balanced, unctuous mouthfeel. It wants food, but the tannins are richly soft and won’t punish you with a dry pucker if you are drinking before dinner. This is a bottle you’ll miss once it’s empty.

Vintage Story

Hailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.

~ Wine Enthusiast

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Walla Walla Vintners

WINEMAKER
William Vonmetzger
Gordy Venneri
Myles Anderson

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus

BLEND
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Merlot 8% Cabernet Franc

ALCOHOL
14.4%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bacchus block 3, 9
Merlot, Bacchus block 4                             Cabernet Franc, Bacchus block 2

 

TASTING NOTES

From Wine Enthusiast:  Hailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.

ACCOLADES

Vintage Story

Bacchus Vineyard’s block 3 has long been a favorite of our boss, Kent Waliser. Originally planted in 1972, the fruit on these Cabernet Sauvignon vines is stunning and steadfast, year after year producing big, complex flavors. Award-winning wines are a regular occurrence from this block, and a few celebrated winemakers hold all of the contracts to these grapes. One of those winemakers is John Abbott.

John knows these rows as much as anyone. He’s been making wine from Bacchus since 1997 when he was winemaker at Canoe Ridge Vineyard. He took the winemaking helm at Abeja in 2002, coincidentally the same year Kent Waliser took over operations for Sagemoor. John describes standing among vines that were planted almost 50 years ago as “a powerful experience.” For Kent, standing in these same rows was the deciding factor for taking the Sagemoor job.

“I know how many times in the last 40 years these vines could’ve frozen back to the ground, but haven’t. I felt star-struck by their quiet strength. Instead of thinking about all the work I had in front of me, these old vines suggested something very special about Sagemoor.”

“I think about their history” says John, “with hot summers and cold winters being only part of what Mother Nature has thrown at these vines. As they grow older and wiser, they bring me with them.”

Originally planted in 1972, the fruit on these Cabernet Sauvignon vines is stunning and steadfast, year after year producing big, complex flavors.

And so it goes that two highly skilled men with different talents but similar passions met for the first time in 2002, the root system for Stars in a Row already beneath their feet.

Using Bacchus block 3 as the anchor was an absolute must for Sagemoor’s inaugural Cabernet. Together, John and Kent then chose the building blocks from the collection of vineyards whose role in Washington’s wine history can’t be overstated. Says John, “What an honor to tell the story of these vines from the perspective of those who are in the vineyard every day.”

Kent explains, “This bottle is carefully finessed by rows and pick dates. We covered a lot of ground to find the just-right Cabernet notes from Bacchus block 9 and Dionysus block 14. We picked each block twice, about a week apart. We found extra intrigue with Cabernet from our namesake Sagemoor, and then finished with Merlot from Weinbau block 12.”

John Abbott’s long experience with our land has created a bottle of red that humbles us.  The brute strength of Bacchus is tamed by the silky elegance of Dionysus. Dried rosemary and thyme from those old Cabernet vines. Rich, dark chocolate from Weinbau’s Merlot adds mid-palate texture. A hint of dried cherries, a whiff of cedar box. This bouquet worth lingering over is a worthy lead-in to the layers in each sip.

Thank you, John Abbott. Thank you, Columbia Valley. And thank you, reader, for indulging us.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
John Abbott, Devona

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Dionysus, Sagemoor, Weinbau

BLEND
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Merlot

ALCOHOL
14.8%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Cabernet blocks 3 and 9, Sept 24, Oct 12
Dionysus Cabernet block 14, Sept 24, Oct 12
Sagemoor Cabernet block 204, Oct 11
Weinbau Merlot block 12, Sept 27

TASTING NOTES

The brute strength of
Bacchus is tamed by the silky elegance of Dionysus.
Dried rosemary and thyme from those old Cabernet
vines. Rich, dark chocolate from Weinbau’s Merlot
adds mid-palate texture. A hint of dried cherries,
a whiff of cedar box. This bouquet worth lingering
over is a worthy lead-in to the layers in each sip.

ACCOLADES

90pt – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

  • 2012

    ”Field Blend“ | Cabernet Sauvignon
    J. Bookwalter

Vintage Story

Only 40 cases of this wine were made and it was never available to the public.

The deliciousness of this bottle is made slightly more special thanks to family ties to our land. Winemaker John Bookwalter can tell stories of living onsite at Bacchus and Dionysus, as his father, Jerry Bookwalter, helped to plant the vineyards.

Now all these years later, that same Bookwalter kid who once lived on our land is making award-winning wines from our vineyards. But with this wine, he wouldn’t take all of the credit, as it’s a field blend with our former vineyard manager, Derek Way.

How lucky are we to have had the opportunity to make this wine in the fairytale vintage of 2012?”

Field blends are historically common in Europe. We don’t see them as much in the New World. Field blends rely almost entirely on instinct, they harken back to a day when scientific methods weren’t quite so prevalent. Fast forward, on six different occasions (‘04, ‘05, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, and ‘12) Sagemoor walked the vineyards and pick-tasted our way to a field blend. For our 2012, then-vineyard manager Derek Way went block by block, sampling grapes from unclaimed vines in Dionysus, and identified those worthy of a namesake blend. We filled the bin with about 80% of Derek-selected Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and the remaining bin space was filled with Merlot and Petit Verdot. John Bookwalter provided the finishing touches, barreled and bottled it. How lucky are we to have had the opportunity to make this wine in the fairytale vintage of 2012? And now to have it when most of the legendary 2012 vintage is sold out? Yahoo!

details

BOTTLE NOTES

Winery
J. Bookwalter

Winemaker
John Bookwalter

Appellation
Columbia Valley

Vineyard (s)
Dionysus, Weinbau

Blend
89% Cabernet Sauvignon (Dionysus)
10% Merlot (Weinbau)
1% Petit Verdot (Dionysus)

Alcohol
14.8%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
October 12

TASTING NOTES

The J. Bookwalter Field Blend is a savory red with aromas of smoky meat, coffee grounds, and a balanced, unctuous mouthfeel. It wants food, but the tannins are richly soft and won’t punish you with a dry pucker if you are drinking before dinner. This is a bottle you’ll miss once it’s empty.

  • 2013

    Cabernet Sauvignon | Sagemoor Vineyard
    Walla Walla Vintners

Vintage Story

Hailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.

~ Wine Enthusiast

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Walla Walla Vintners

WINEMAKER
William Vonmetzger
Gordy Venneri
Myles Anderson

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus

BLEND
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Merlot 8% Cabernet Franc

ALCOHOL
14.4%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bacchus block 3, 9
Merlot, Bacchus block 4                             Cabernet Franc, Bacchus block 2

 

TASTING NOTES

From Wine Enthusiast:  Hailing from some of the oldest blocks at this esteemed vineyard, this standout wine opens with aromas of toasty spices, herbs, coffee, dark cherry and earth. The palate is reserved with tightly wound fruit flavors and tannins that need some time to unfurl.

ACCOLADES

  • 2014

    Stars in a Row | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

Bacchus Vineyard’s block 3 has long been a favorite of our boss, Kent Waliser. Originally planted in 1972, the fruit on these Cabernet Sauvignon vines is stunning and steadfast, year after year producing big, complex flavors. Award-winning wines are a regular occurrence from this block, and a few celebrated winemakers hold all of the contracts to these grapes. One of those winemakers is John Abbott.

John knows these rows as much as anyone. He’s been making wine from Bacchus since 1997 when he was winemaker at Canoe Ridge Vineyard. He took the winemaking helm at Abeja in 2002, coincidentally the same year Kent Waliser took over operations for Sagemoor. John describes standing among vines that were planted almost 50 years ago as “a powerful experience.” For Kent, standing in these same rows was the deciding factor for taking the Sagemoor job.

“I know how many times in the last 40 years these vines could’ve frozen back to the ground, but haven’t. I felt star-struck by their quiet strength. Instead of thinking about all the work I had in front of me, these old vines suggested something very special about Sagemoor.”

“I think about their history” says John, “with hot summers and cold winters being only part of what Mother Nature has thrown at these vines. As they grow older and wiser, they bring me with them.”

Originally planted in 1972, the fruit on these Cabernet Sauvignon vines is stunning and steadfast, year after year producing big, complex flavors.

And so it goes that two highly skilled men with different talents but similar passions met for the first time in 2002, the root system for Stars in a Row already beneath their feet.

Using Bacchus block 3 as the anchor was an absolute must for Sagemoor’s inaugural Cabernet. Together, John and Kent then chose the building blocks from the collection of vineyards whose role in Washington’s wine history can’t be overstated. Says John, “What an honor to tell the story of these vines from the perspective of those who are in the vineyard every day.”

Kent explains, “This bottle is carefully finessed by rows and pick dates. We covered a lot of ground to find the just-right Cabernet notes from Bacchus block 9 and Dionysus block 14. We picked each block twice, about a week apart. We found extra intrigue with Cabernet from our namesake Sagemoor, and then finished with Merlot from Weinbau block 12.”

John Abbott’s long experience with our land has created a bottle of red that humbles us.  The brute strength of Bacchus is tamed by the silky elegance of Dionysus. Dried rosemary and thyme from those old Cabernet vines. Rich, dark chocolate from Weinbau’s Merlot adds mid-palate texture. A hint of dried cherries, a whiff of cedar box. This bouquet worth lingering over is a worthy lead-in to the layers in each sip.

Thank you, John Abbott. Thank you, Columbia Valley. And thank you, reader, for indulging us.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
John Abbott, Devona

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Dionysus, Sagemoor, Weinbau

BLEND
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Merlot

ALCOHOL
14.8%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Cabernet blocks 3 and 9, Sept 24, Oct 12
Dionysus Cabernet block 14, Sept 24, Oct 12
Sagemoor Cabernet block 204, Oct 11
Weinbau Merlot block 12, Sept 27

TASTING NOTES

The brute strength of
Bacchus is tamed by the silky elegance of Dionysus.
Dried rosemary and thyme from those old Cabernet
vines. Rich, dark chocolate from Weinbau’s Merlot
adds mid-palate texture. A hint of dried cherries,
a whiff of cedar box. This bouquet worth lingering
over is a worthy lead-in to the layers in each sip.

ACCOLADES

90pt – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

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