2015 was much warmer than normal for WA State, witih January through August ranking as the warmest on record. Although harvest was early, the rhythm was nicely spread out and we had ample time to ferment without feeling much of a crunch. Harvesting our whites early allowed us to retain freshness, lively flavors and scidity while we patiently waited for the reds to pack up flavors, complexity, and power.
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon form Minnick HIlls 41%, Seven Hills 31% and Birch Creek 22%, the other 6% is Malbec from Minnick Hills. The Malbec adds a boldness and dimension to the blend.
100% Frech oak for 27 months, 45% new and 55% neutral
Deep, brilliant purple. Full-bodied with lots of texture from big tannins, and balanced acids.
NOSE: dark berry, lavender, dry sage, brown sugar
MOUTH: big fruit flavors of boysenberry and huckleberry, dried plums, and chocolate covered cherries
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: red wine braised short-ribs, salt and pepper rubbed tri-tip, garlic-rosemary crusted lamb chops