Arbor Crest Dionysus Meritage 1997

from
Columbia Valley
,
Washington

Winemaker's Notes

Arbor Crest is pleased to present this highly acclaimed wine, Dionysus, a masterful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are a product of the exceptional Dionysus Block 16 vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Washington State. This distinct wine was given its name Dionysus to complement this noteworthy vineyard. The alluring aroma of maple sugar, cedar and black raspberry unfold on the palate as plum, nutmeg and black cherry - thoroughly seductive. This wine will age gracefully for 10-12 years.

About the Region

This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.

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