Market Vineyards ‘Arbitrage’ Cabernet Sauvignon originates in the Columbia Valley, which is an expansive and expanding area with over 40,000 acres under vine. In it are a diverse range of wine growing regions, climates and elevations, and grape varieties from cleanly acidic Horse Heaven Hills Riesling to chewy Walla Walla Syrah.
Many think of Washington wine and their minds race to Seattle and the lush, raincharged western side of the Cascades, but the Columbia Valley is located east of the Cascades and receives a mere 8-10 inches of rainfall annually. The desert climate has a massive diurnal shift, with cold nights and hot days varying up to 40 degrees in a 24 hour period. The result of hot sun-filled days is intensely ripe fruit often expressing uber high sugar content, while the cold nights create acid, acting to balance the given wine.
In the early years of Washington wine making and indeed, still in some areas today, this balance was difficult to control, resulting too often in pronounced unbalanced wines. However, winemaking technique and knowledge in the hands of a cast of truly talented and traveled winemakers have embraced this challenge with success. Market Vineyards is one of those utlizing top quality cabernet fruit, and a quality focused winemaker.
Notes: This wine shows dark fruits with black cherry and mocha flavors followed by vanilla and black pepper. Elegant refined tannins in the finish. Slight chill recommended. Serve with rich sauces such as bordelaise or gongonzola sauce and dishes including beef carpaccio, roasted duck, and braised lamb shanks.
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