2018 Reserve Cavalie Red Blend
This blend opens with aromas of ripe plum, black cherry and is wrapped in the warmth toasted coconut and macadamia nut. This rich, full bodied wine is full of intriguing complexity built around sleek tannins that lead into a full finish.
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Horse Heaven Hills
plum, black cherry, toasted coconut, macadamia nut
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Estate Spice Cabinet and Milt's vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. 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 grapes were harvested and sorted in the vineyards with our "Selective 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 stainless steel tanks and open top fermenters with a combination of pumpovers, rack & returns (délestage), and punchdowns to control extraction and flavors. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrels constisting of old and new French oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.
59% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Food Pairing Notes
Beef, cheese, charcuterie, Lamb, BBQ, Vegetarian, pasta and chocolate