Varietal/Style: 88 percent Merlot, 11 percent
Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 percent Cabernet Franc
Origin: Columbia Valley, WA
Retail Price: $16
Notes: Murky, deep, dark and purple, this
wine is textbook Merlot. The nose is subtle and slightly herbal, the
mouthfeel is fleshy and the flavors are fruit-forward. The finish falls
off a bit too fast, but it does bring out a pleasing cocoa component.
Soft, smooth, approachable, this is easily a bottle anyone could enjoy,
however, few will find it a favorite. (Date tasted 01/28/01)
As the Chalone Wine Group's second premium winery in Washington State,
Sagelands enjoys the experience of trial and error created by its
predecessor, Canoe Ridge Vineyard. Named in honor of the sage prolific
in Washington's Yakima Valley, the winery's philosophy reflects this
interest in and dedication to the concept of terroir. Sagelands proclaims
devotion to the production of quality Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
that reflect the character of the Washington soil and climates.
71 Gangl Rd.
City: Wapato, WA 98951
Web site: www.chalonewinegroup.com