Goose Ridge 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

The big four –Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, International Wine Cellar, and the Wine Advocate– all liked this wine. None of them loved it, but they all gave the wine a solid rating in the high eighties. Since they NEVER  agree on a wine, I had to pick up a bottle from my local wine & spirit shop. I am  glad I did.

It starts off with a classic aroma of pencil shavings and pepper. That is followed by tobacco leaf and ocean air. Medium bodied, the palate goes to espresso and berries. A mineral and earth note echoes through the dark fruit. The finish brings in olive tapenade, black pepper, and allspice.

I wasn’t familiar with Goose Ridge Vineyards before this bottle, but I will be keeping an eye out for their new releases. The winery was founded in 1998, and remains family owned to this day. It’s a medium sized winery with just under a thousand hectares under vine. This allows them to do 100% estate bottlings, which is very rare at this price point.

This is a classic New World-style  Cabernet, and that means a simple food pairing: a steak grilled medium-rare. Leave off the black pepper and add a bit extra salt.  If you aren’t a meat-and-potato kind of foodie, then a chunk of aged Parmesan will do the trick.

Their winemaker Charlie Hoppes left in 2010, with Kendall Mix of Corliss Estates winemaker taking up the reins since.

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