Sagemoor sits on a largely west facing slope just north of Pasco, right next to the Columbia River. Here, location is everything, and we’ve made every effort to lock up the best fruit that matches our style for our Sestina and Gravura Bordeaux-style red blends. The newer Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon block is planted on a gently west-facing slope near the river. These old vines, planted in 1973, provide a great expression of complexity, including blackberry and cassis fruit, some earthy tones, and an unmistakable bay leaf note that sets it apart. The nearby Bacchus block, planted in 1972 to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, is startlingly different, at a higher elevation, up on a weather-exposed promontory. The fruit from here is very elegant, often almost medium-bodied, but beautifully nuanced and complex. Black cherry and red currant form the backbone, but there is a wide array of savory complexities, including fresh loam, saddle leather, fresh tobacco, mountain flowers, and a sweet minerality.
Varieties and year planted:
Cabernet Sauvignon 1972-73 and Cabernet Franc – 1997
Mix of Royal and Warden fine sandy loam, Ottmar-Schloner complex
Columbia Valley AVA
550- 900 feet
Vineyard Owners / Managers:
Kent Waliser and Lacey Lybeck