68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
22 months in French oak, 75% new
Vintage: Like the last several growing seasons, 2016 was another hot year that required extra care in the vineyards. Building on the success of our canopy management program over the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, but the Columbia Valley’s cool autumn nights protected the grapes’ acidity, yielding bright, vibrant wines that will drink well in their youth but also promise to bring enjoyment to those who cellar.
Vineyards: Red Mountain is prized for its Cabernet Sauvignon and this wine displays all the structure and textured richness that has come to characterize the grapes from this acclaimed growing region. Dionysus Vineyard’s Petit Verdot adds layers of complex aromas and flavors. The remainder of the blend is from select Wahluke Slope vineyards. The Merlot brings juicy, richness to the finished wine; Cabernet Franc adds a hint of earthiness; and Malbec contributes appealing spice and beautiful color.
Winemaking info: A variety of fermentation methods for the Cabernet Sauvignon included in this blend were used to enhance complexity and richness in the finished wine. Hand harvested Cabernet was fermented in 400L French oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to bring complexity and integrated oak flavors to the wine. All other varieties were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks, with select lots enjoying longer skin contact to enhance the wine’s dark color and mid-palate. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new) before bottling, unfiltered and unfined.