This blend opens with aromas of cherry and strawberry. The varietals come together nicely in the glass and mirror the fruit on the nose. The palate is accentuated with flavors of raspberry and caramel. The beautiful yet subtle barrel characteristics are backed with nice acidity and tannin structure.
The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed estate 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 with twice daily pumpovers to extract color and flavor. After fermentation, the wine was racked to 21% New French oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was barrel aged for 20 months.