Aromas of ripe red fruit, black berry pie, dried cranberries with hints of brown sugar and warm baking spices. Powdery tannins lend structure while maintaining elegance and ending in a long lingering finish.
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Estate Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hils. The fruit is exposed to dappled sunlight, allowing for
uniform ripening and flavor development. Well balanced crop levels have allowed us to create wines with great depth and concentration.
The 2017 vintage started in early September, which is what we typically expect. The past 4-5 years have brought grapes in as early as the middle of August. The warm days and cool nights of September gave us ample fruit flavor development balanced with bright acidity. Some cold events in mid-October definitely put the pressure on to get fruit off the vines. Despite the cool spell, our fruit had plenty of time to ripen, developing intense flavors and dusty tannins.
These grapes were sorted in the vineyard with the selective harvest tool on our Pellenc harvesters. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pump overs allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. 16 month barrel aging in 25% New American Oak.
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Alcohol: 14.1 %
T.A: 0.45 g/100 ml