This wine begins with aromas of ripe blackberries, plum, and anise with hints of clove. The dark fruit flavors continue on the palate and lead way to bold tannins and firm structure provided by a beautiful combination of tannin and acid. The jammy, viscous mid-palate is followed by a graceful power with a long, lingering finish.
Barrel aged for 20 months in new & neutral French Oak
blackberry, anise & clove
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Spice Cabinet and Cavalie Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. These vineyards sit on southeast slopes above the Columbia River. The orientation of the blocks allows for morning sun exposure of the fruit, while avoiding the intense afternoon rays.
The grapes were harvested and sorted in the vineyards with our Select Harvester to allow for maximum hangtime and flavor development. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. We fermented the fruit in a stainless steel tank and French Oak fermenters with a combination of pumpovers and délestage to control extraction and flavor development. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of new and neutral French Oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.