ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 ANVIL Cabernet Sauvignon


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.

$65 ($55.25)
  • Alcohol 14.5% % by volume
  • Aged 30 months
  • pH 3.94
  • TA 0.62 g/100ml
  • Barrel Program 28% new French oak; 72% neutral French oak
  • Harvested Date September 2015
  • Barreled Date October 2015
  • Bottled Date February 2018
  • Released Date October 2019
  • Production 205 cases

In the vineyard

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.

Appellation Columbia Valley
Vineyard Dionysus Vineyard

In the cellar

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.

Varietal 11% PETIT VERDOT

In the glass

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



"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ANVIL Dionysus Vineyard includes 10% Petit Verdot and was brought up in new French oak. Deep purple/plum-colored, with notes of smoked back fruits, sappy herbs, underbrush, and cedar, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, ripe, powerful texture, building tannins, and a great finish. Hide bottles for 3-4 years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years or so." -Jeb Dunnuck, April 2019
Jeb Dunnuck


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