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CV, the wine guy

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Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
 Château Lafite Rothschild
Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Colchagua, Chile
Earlier this year, we highlighted the 2012 Reserve version of this Cabernet Sauvignon. The standard vintage Los Vascos Cabneret Sauvignon (featured this week) is a staple at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. Los Vascos is part of the Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite (DBR) estate. DBR, in the Bordeaux region of France, is perhaps the most famous wine label in the world. The estate achieved wide popularity in the 1750s when it became the favorite wine of King Louis XV. Today, the family owns vineyards in France, Spain, Portugal, the United States, and Chile.

DBR took over Los Vascos estate in Chile’s Colchagua Valley in 1988. The ambition of DBR in Chile was, above all, the result of extensive research into the potential of local wines. Many properties were visited and many wines were tasted before Los Vascos was selected.What was the attraction? Its location near the ocean was a big plus. So was its exceptional soil. Along with ideal weather, Los Vascos also benefits from intense exposure to the sun, adequate water sources, semi-arid soils and little risk of frost. The Los Vascos estate is the only winery Chile that has been 100% converted from flood irrigation to drip irrigation. Flood irrigation tends to create too big of crop, with lower quality of fruit.

This is one of our favorite, tried and tested Cabernets: For a limited time, you can enjoy this lighter Cabernet at a lighter price — now just $8.99. (regularly $9.99)

Sagelands Riverbed Red 2013
Precept Wines
Varietals: 51% Syrah, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: The Benches, Reed, Willard, Goose Ridge vineyards in Columbia Valley, WA
New to the Co-op! Established in 1984, Sagelands embodies Washington State’s winemaking legacy by sourcing the finest grapes from the four corners of the Columbia Valley and handcrafting them into wines of outstanding quality and value.

Sagelands’ Riverbed Red features three well-established Washington varietals from three well-established vineyards. Enjoy dark cherry and plum on the nose with subtle hints of vanilla and cinnamon. It starts off on the palate with silky rich dark chocolate and toasted marshmallow, with a butterscotch and toffee finish. Sagelands was aged for 13 months in both new and old oak (80% French, 20% American).


By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.