Winemaking: Hand-harvested grapes underwent a variety of fermentation techniques to produce a wide spectrum of flavors, including an Australian technique known as “rack and return” that requires draining the tank twice daily and gently putting the juice back over the top of the skins to extract color and optimal richness. Some lots underwent whole-cluster fermentation to enhance richness and dimension on the palate; a few lots were fermented with a submerged cap to enhance structure and mouth-feel. Aged 18 months in all French oak barrels, 65% new.
Vineyards: The 2012 Sequel is a blend of a variety of top Columbia Valley Syrah vineyards, each contributing unique character and added complexity to the finished swine. Bacchus Vineyard Syrah, from a south-facing block planted in 1993, gives the wine its dense, dark character. Candy Mountain Syrah is even more concentrated, adding structure to the finished wine. Yakima Valley’s Boushey Vineyard Syrah adds a bright, lively appeal. From The Benches in the Horse Heaven Hills, Syrah is harvested from a choice, Shiraz clone block that delivers richness, wild cassis and a hint of smoky spice. Cabernet Sauvignon from Dionysus Vineyard rounds out the remainder of the blend, adding complexity and structure.