Vintage 2014 ... 2014 was an extremely warm vintage, achieving very rich and ripe character in the Cabernet Sauvignon - producing black cherry, blackberry, and black currant flavors.
Varietal Blend ... 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec, and 1% red blend used as barrel topping wine.
Vineyards ... From 11 vineyards located in the most prestigious growing regions of southeastern Washington: Walla Walla Valley (including the Cadaretta estate Southwind Vineyard), Red Mountain, and Horse Heaven Hills.
Barrel Aging ... 52% of the blend was barrel aged for 23 months in second and third fill barrels; 48% of the blend was aged for 11 months on new French oak tank staves (to add more new oak character) before being barreled down for the final 12 months in second and third fill barrels.
Blackberry and black cherry aromas dominate the nose with a moderate level of toasty vanilla from oak aging. A rich mouthfeel (with nicely rounded tannins) is complemented by notes of blackberry, black currant, and black cherry. There are hints of tanned leather and vanilla joining the dark fruit character on the finish.
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