Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington is always good, but the Cab from our Walla Walla vineyard sources in 2012 was exceptional; thus we bottled it under our ANVIL line. 2012 Was a classic Eastern Washington growing season. Summer was warm with no prolonged, excessive heat events. Late summer and early autumn brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October, allowing late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon to thoroughly complete ripening.
Minnick Hills Vineyard is owned and operated by fifth generation farmers. Northeast of Walla Walla on a consistent south-facing slope & resting at a higher Walla Walla elevation than many (1150 feet) with 18” annual rainfall, it still averages 2800 heating degree days. Minnick Hills’ unique soil profile with high volcanic ash content, combined with windblown loess, provides deep, extremely well-drained soils. Certified Salmon-Safe, Minnick Hills uses sustainable weed & pest reduction, & adheres to LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) certification requirements.
Pepper Bridge Vineyard is located south of Walla Walla near the Oregon border. Planted in 1991 by Norm McKibben, it is one of the Valley’s largest, oldest commercial vineyards - nearly 200 acres. Pepper Bridge’s wind-blown loess & lake bed sediment soils drain extremely well. A slightly cooler site, Pepper Bridge ripens 10 - 14 days later than many Walla Walla vineyards. The added hang-time & low yields (2.5 tons/acre) allow a slow, full ripening period embuing depth, age-worthiness, & structure to the fruit.
We blended 60% Pepper Bridge with 40% Minnick Hills Cabernet Sauvignon to make a top-tier Cabernet from the Walla Walla Valley. The Pepper Bridge fruit added body, complexity, earthy characteristics, spice and the tart red fruit flavors. The Minnick Hills fruit contributed beautiful sweet red cherry, hints of lush red plums, and soft chalky tannins.
Full-bodied and balanced with smooth, strong tannins, intense jammy fruit, and a strong, aromatic finish.
NOSE: dense, inviting, berry, chamomile, dark cherry, dark blueberry, maple, pepper; intense spice, mint, clove
MOUTH: tasty caramel from the new oak, rich cherry, wild blackberries, cigar box, dark chocolate
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: bacon-wrapped dates with blue cheese, grilled rib-eye with chimichurri sauce, juicy gourmet burgers