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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 8 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
ProducerRoss Andrew Winery (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley

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Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 9 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Eric on 2/8/2013 & rated 93 points: Wow Ross, this wine is aging in stunning fashion!

If tasted blind I would be more likely to assume Pichon Baron or other Pauillac than a Washington Cabernet. It opens with sweet, pure cassis, but as it airs there is so much smokey, leafy underbrush. Amazing minerality on the still well structured palate. The wine is definitely drying out and is perhaps a little astringent on the finish, but overall it still shows truly lovely vigor and exceptional balance. (1932 views)
 Tasted by Jmdidday on 12/29/2012: Decanted thru Vinturi. Very musty needs to open for a few hours. Definitely ready to drink. (682 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/20/2010 & rated 92 points: Wow! Still strong & full of life - incredible showing for Ross' first bottling. (1601 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 11/9/2004 & rated 92 points: Wow, this wine continues to deliver. Upon first opening this was exploding with leathery, bretty old world notes that quickly blew off to reveal a nose of pure cassis, mineral and cranberry. On the palate this explodes with fruit, much larger and sweeter than I recall. This continues to gain weight and fruit each time I taste it. With aeration this settles down and takes on a cool, dark, brooding personality of a big, young, pure Cabernet. If there is a criticism it is that the structure is showing in volumes now with a slight grittiness on the powerful finish. This is a young one and really needs a lot more time than I realized to settle down. (2361 views)
 Tasted by JasonD on 12/15/2003 & rated 93 points: This was my first experience with Ross Andrew and it was my wine of the night. It had a great nose, lots of oak (I guess French) with cola and more cola. It is still very tannic with a finish that lasted 25 seconds (yes I was counting.) I guessed this was the Quilceda due to the tannins and the long finish. (2560 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/14/2003 & rated 87 points: This wine did not blow me away like everyone else. I was bothered by the bret on the nose. After an hour in the glass it seemed to subsibe a bit. I would like to try another bottle of this wine. Lush palate of leather, more horse, and dark fruit. Overall this wine has good balance but is flawed by the bret. (1689 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 12/7/2003 & rated 92 points: Tasted at Patrick's single blind 1999 Washington tasting. Barnyard and earth. This shows soy & iron, amazingly plush, layered with massive intensity. On the finish this shows a lot of acid and structure, amazingly tight, wow! (1738 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/3/2003 & rated 92 points: This wine rocks!!! It is young, but has much potential for improvement. Decanted for 1 hour. Nose of tobacco, earth, and dark red fruits. Entry on palate is smooth giving way to mid palate that has layers of flavors. Nice long earthy finish with noticeable, but integrated tannins. I will wait five more years to open another one. It will definitely improve with age. (3272 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 6/21/2003 & rated 92 points: (Grilled steaks with Steve & Christine) Lovely nose of bright fruit mixed with some surprising old-world elements of tobacco and dustiness. Really pretty! This has a very juicy entry with black cherry notes, yet it also has brooding depth and lots of apparent structure. The finish is gorgeous and fleshy with nice acidity, firmness and dusty, tooth-coating tannins. If Ross uses any wood, he does it with such a deft hand that it is balanced unlike anything I have tasted before. This is a really lovely and enjoyable young red, as nice as anything outside of Quilceda that I have ever had in WA-state! (Suzi, Steve and Christine all raved about the wine as well!) (1734 views)

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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2002, IWC Issue #104
(Ross Andrew Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

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