91pts, Vinous

"Bright full ruby. Smells denser but cooler than the Cold Creek Cabernet, with black cherry and licorice aromas complicated by fresh herbs. Very suave and classically dry, spreading out to saturate the palate without showing any undue weight. Sharply delineated raspberry, cherry and spice flavors offer lovely inner-mouth tension and a touch of minerality. Tannins are firm but fine. Showing very well today, but there's more ahead." -- Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2017

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    97% Cabernet 3% Merlot
  • APPELLATION
    Horse Heaven Hills
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    22 months 51% new French oak, 36% once-filled French oak, 13% neutral oak

Holding the crown for the oldest winery in Washington is no small feat, especially one that consistently provides some great quality at decent prices. Once you get past some of their grocery store favorites, you'll meet a couple of brooding single-vineyard gems that we, even as prideful Napa residents, have become absolutely smitten with. The quality found from our friends to the north is astonishing and we're pleased to share this with our fans.

With no further ado, meet the Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine easily mistaken for a $50-80 Napa Cab, that's reserved, yet dense, bright and full, bursting with berries, cherries, sweet spices sandalwood, complemented with silky tannins (no chewing with this one). It's everything you could possible hope for in a sip-friendly, food-friendly, all around chummy Cabernet. And at sub $20, it's an absolute bargain, especially with all this cold weather looming. Grab a case and plan those cozy nights in with your new BFF around the fireplace.

TASTING NOTES 

Rich and mouthcoating, silky tannins, packed with black cherries, blueberry and anise, sweet French oak and sandalwood aromas, finishing long and spicy with pie crust and toasted spices.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington state, having been established in 1934. They're located in Woodinville, just outside Seattle. Over the years they've become a breeding ground for many of Washington's successful winemakers.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard produces elegant, refined wines with deep concentration and structure. The Cabernet vines here are planted on original rootstock and retain their authentic character. Grown in low-fertility soil, with constant sun and steady winds coming up from the Columbia River makes for perfect growing conditions. Sustainability is important to Ste. Michelle and the vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate is LIVE and Salmon Safe certified.