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The Bacchus Series

Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon | $140

Home to original 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc plantings, Bacchus Vineyard is a truly special part of Washington wine. This series features three stunning Cabernet Sauvignon wines made by three winemakers with a long history working with this vineyard.

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  • 2013

    Barrister | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Bacchus Vineyard

  • 2015

    Stars in a Row | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Sagemoor

  • 2014

    Walla Walla Vintners | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Bacchus Vineyard

Vintage Story

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Spokane-based Barrister Winery features 100% Bacchus fruit. Barrister is a long-time partner of Sagemoor, still making the Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon annually.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Barrister

WINEMAKER
Greg Lipsker
Michael White
Tyler Walters

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus Blocks 5 and 9

BLEND
95% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Syrah

ALCOHOL
15.2%

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

Dionysus block 15 Merlot, picked 8/25/15
Bacchus block 4 Merlot, picked 8/28/15 and 9/3/15
Bacchus block 3 Cabernet, picked 9/15/15 and 9/19/19
Dionysus block 11 Cabernet, picked 9/19/15
Dionysus block 16 Cabernet, picked 10/2/15

TASTING NOTES

This wine starts with a nose oflassic cabernet red fruit, chocolate covered cherry notes, baking spice, confectioners sugar, black currant, fresh purple plum, graphite, and barrel spice. A bit delicate, with a complex mid-palate, layered textures, and a velvety, long finish. Tannins are balanced, with a nice, fruity finish.

ACCOLADES

91 — Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2015 Stars In A Row (92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot) is a plump, rounded, delicious effort offering lots of tobacco and truffle-laced fruits, medium to full body, a rounded, nicely textured mouth feel, integrated oak, and a soft, ready-to-go style that’s going to drink nicely for 7-8 yeas at a minimum. I love its balance as well as its tannins, and it’s a terrific effort from this estate.”

90+ Stephen Tanzer

“Dark red-ruby. Lively scents of cassis, black cherry, licorice and peppery herbs. Surprisingly plush and broad on entry, then plump in the middle, offering complex flavors of dark berries, cherries, minerals, cocoa powder and spices, along with notes of chocolate and menthol. In a fairly powerful style, this Cabernet finishes with a broad dusting of tannins. I’d give it another year or two of cellaring. (14.8% alcohol; from Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards; made by John Abbott; aged in 40% new oak; the second vintage for this wine).”

Double Gold — Seattle Wine Awards

Vintage Story

From Walla Walla Vintners: “Cabernet Sauvignon enthusiasts love Sagemoor’s “old vine Cab.” This expertly crafted 2014 rendition was surrounded by French oak for 22 months. The surprising fresh coconut nose is a grabber that takes you to the fruitcake mid-palate ending with a dash a dried cherries, mocha, coffee finish. Decant and let it breathe.”

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Walla Walla Vintners

WINEMAKER
Bill von Metzger

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus Blocks 2, 3, 4, and 9

BLEND
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc

ALCOHOL
14.4%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Aged 22 months in French oak

30% new
40% once-filled
30% neutral

TASTING NOTES

The surprising fresh coconut nose is a grabber that takes you to the fruitcake mid-palate ending with a dash a dried cherries, mocha, coffee finish. Decant and let it breathe.

ACCOLADES

94 — Wine Enthusiast

93 — Wine & Spirits

92 — Wine Spectator

Double Gold — Seattle Wine Awards

  • 2013

    Barrister | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Bacchus Vineyard

Vintage Story

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Spokane-based Barrister Winery features 100% Bacchus fruit. Barrister is a long-time partner of Sagemoor, still making the Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon annually.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Barrister

WINEMAKER
Greg Lipsker
Michael White
Tyler Walters

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus Blocks 5 and 9

BLEND
95% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Syrah

ALCOHOL
15.2%

  • 2015

    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

Dionysus block 15 Merlot, picked 8/25/15
Bacchus block 4 Merlot, picked 8/28/15 and 9/3/15
Bacchus block 3 Cabernet, picked 9/15/15 and 9/19/19
Dionysus block 11 Cabernet, picked 9/19/15
Dionysus block 16 Cabernet, picked 10/2/15

TASTING NOTES

This wine starts with a nose oflassic cabernet red fruit, chocolate covered cherry notes, baking spice, confectioners sugar, black currant, fresh purple plum, graphite, and barrel spice. A bit delicate, with a complex mid-palate, layered textures, and a velvety, long finish. Tannins are balanced, with a nice, fruity finish.

ACCOLADES

91 — Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2015 Stars In A Row (92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot) is a plump, rounded, delicious effort offering lots of tobacco and truffle-laced fruits, medium to full body, a rounded, nicely textured mouth feel, integrated oak, and a soft, ready-to-go style that’s going to drink nicely for 7-8 yeas at a minimum. I love its balance as well as its tannins, and it’s a terrific effort from this estate.”

90+ Stephen Tanzer

“Dark red-ruby. Lively scents of cassis, black cherry, licorice and peppery herbs. Surprisingly plush and broad on entry, then plump in the middle, offering complex flavors of dark berries, cherries, minerals, cocoa powder and spices, along with notes of chocolate and menthol. In a fairly powerful style, this Cabernet finishes with a broad dusting of tannins. I’d give it another year or two of cellaring. (14.8% alcohol; from Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards; made by John Abbott; aged in 40% new oak; the second vintage for this wine).”

Double Gold — Seattle Wine Awards

  • 2014

    Walla Walla Vintners | Cabernet Sauvignon
    Bacchus Vineyard

Vintage Story

From Walla Walla Vintners: “Cabernet Sauvignon enthusiasts love Sagemoor’s “old vine Cab.” This expertly crafted 2014 rendition was surrounded by French oak for 22 months. The surprising fresh coconut nose is a grabber that takes you to the fruitcake mid-palate ending with a dash a dried cherries, mocha, coffee finish. Decant and let it breathe.”

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Walla Walla Vintners

WINEMAKER
Bill von Metzger

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus Blocks 2, 3, 4, and 9

BLEND
83% Cabernet Sauvignon
11% Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc

ALCOHOL
14.4%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Aged 22 months in French oak

30% new
40% once-filled
30% neutral

TASTING NOTES

The surprising fresh coconut nose is a grabber that takes you to the fruitcake mid-palate ending with a dash a dried cherries, mocha, coffee finish. Decant and let it breathe.

ACCOLADES

94 — Wine Enthusiast

93 — Wine & Spirits

92 — Wine Spectator

Double Gold — Seattle Wine Awards

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