Violet, Dark Blueberry and Raspberry.
The grapes for this wine comes from Block 9 on our acclaimed Spice Cabinet Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Spice Cabinet Vineyard sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River. The orientation of the block 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 "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 French oak fermenters with a combination of pump overs and rack & returns (délestage) to control extraction and flavors. After fermentation, the wine was racked to barrels consisting of old and new French oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Pork, Beef, lamb, BBQ, Pasta, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate