Owen Roe 2017 'Sharecropper's' Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 12864
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Vineyard Sources: Union Gap Vineyard, Outlook Vineyard and Angiolina Vineyard.
Tasting Notes: Always a crowd favorite, the 2017 vintage proves to be another great attempt at creating a fruit forward, yet bold Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine exudes juicy aromas of pomegranate, blackberry and tobacco spice. Flavors of red plums, hints of eucalyptus and mint with a balanced mouth-feel. This Cabernet finishes smooth with bright acidity and firm tannins. Owen Roe recommends opening this wine now and enjoying it at a young age, however, this will age well for 4-6 years when properly cellared.
The Story: During the economic recession of 2001, and Owen Roe’s first couple vintages as a winery, Washington growers were facing hardship in selling their fruit. Owen Roe wanted to help their farming friends and prevent missing out on such well-tended, beautiful fruit. They were also presented with the difficult and costly purchasing of grapes to process, cellar, and bottle, waiting several months to recover their costs on the finished wine. To overcome this obstacle, they decided to bring back the historical business practice of sharecropping, resulting in the aptly named wine, "Sharecropper’s." This partnership meant that Owen Roe would take the fruit, make the wine and once it was sold, share the profits with the growers. This remains an important part of Owen Roe's history, and due to the success of this wine, they are now able to pay their growers upfront.