Old vine Cabernet Sauvignon has become the remarkable flagship variety of Dionysus Vineyard. In 2008, we started sourcing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Block 11 and later on experimented with Petit Verdot from Block 13 which adds generous flavors and great texture. Classic in its elegance, this wine is approachable now but built to age.
Dionysus Vineyard is a south-west facing slope in Pasco, Washington, overlooking the Columbia River. Planted in 1988, Dionysus has some of the oldest vines in Washington State. These old vines benefit from an established root system, regulating vigor and allowing the vines to consistently produce rich, dense and generous grapes. Our rows follow the slope towards the southwest, almost 45 degrees off due north, which allows for nearly perfect sun exposure while minimizing over-ripening. As the sun lowers down in the evenings, both sides of the canopy receive evening sun, giving incredible evenness and consistency.
We like to do an extended maceration post-fermentation for a total time on skins up to 45 days. During maceration, we fully extract these generous grapes for depth and full flavors. 2015 was 34 days on teh skins.
Old Vines and a moderate climate at the vineyard produce this supple and sensual wine with classic elegance. Approachable now but built to last.
NOSE: Bone marrow, dried plum, bone broth, white pepper, dark berries, leather
MOUTH: Fennel, cigar box, black raspberry, ripe blueberry
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Game roasted with olive and tomatoes, pork and/or mushroom kabobs, Asian spice, Walla Walla sweet onion, pasta puttanesca