The building blocks of this blend are always Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. We use the remaining varietals as our spice cabinet to round and polish the wine. Envision a blueberry, a blackberry & a cherry in a cedar chest, this best describes the nose. Blackberry and ripe black cherry dominate the palate, while a light touch of vanilla bean and cocoa powder round things out. The finish is silky cocoa-cassis that fills the mouth and lasts and lasts.
Hand Picked grapes are carefully sorted and lightly crushed and gravity fed into 4 ton fermenters to preserve fruit character. Seven different cultured yeasts, one per lot, are used to create a silky texture and a broad palate of flavors. Fermentation was conducted slowly to prevent harsh tannins. After a 21 day fermentation, the free run wine was separated and the skins gently pressed. This blend is unique in that I don’t always blend by varietal, I blend by vineyard. The Wahluke Slope Vineyard delivers the fruit and our Walla Walla vineyards add earth and tobacco flavors. Aged in 228 liter French and American