Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Page Cellars "Preface" Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Page built this fascinatingly elegent Cabernet from Washington grapes of the Red Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area). I'm a sucker for the concentration often seen from high altitude grapes -which is a result of oxygen deprivation and increased exposure to ultra violet light - although I have never tried this particular AVA before. The wine, while definitely dense and brambly, is also quite elegant and really shows the quality of Washington viticulture. Being in Vancouver and Living so close to the state promises many fantastic wine trips in the future, especially given that Washington and Oregon have established a fantastic nexus between old and new world styles.

The nose on this was heavy in blackcurrent and blackberry. Upon initially opening the bottle, this actually tasted pretty unripe and green. However, following one hour of decanting the wine developed into a very refined and elegant Bordeaux-style cab replete with rocky earth and big tannins, but also with incredible big briary fruit. This is a great wine and a great value.

$40 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars

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