This blend shows a beautiful nose of blackberry preserves and chocolate covered cherries with notes of warm baking spices and sweet caramel. The ripe fruit combined with sleek tannins create a wine that is broad and powerful, yet elegant. The ripe flavors in the mouth lead to a soft, lingering mocha finish with a touch of bright acidity that leaves you wanting more.
Great Northwest Wines - Outstanding
Seattle Wine Awards - double gold
San Francisco Wine Chronical - silver
Tasting Room Magazine - Oustanding
James Suckling - 92
The grapes for this wine come from our Estate Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. The Syrah and Malbec come from our Spice Cabinet Vineyard, Merlot from Dead Canyon Vineyard, and the Cabernet from our Big Teepee Vineyard.
These grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyard with the selective harvest tool on our Pellenc Harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. 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 pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. After draining the wine and pressing the skins, the wine was racked to a blend of French and American Oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 18 months before being blended together for bottling