2013 Was a very warm growing season in Washington. May and June saw large fluctuations from record high temps to downright cool, and there were three times the average rainfall in June. Summer was consistently hot, but things took a sudden turn in mid-September and we had a near-perfect finish to the growing season with a big increase in flavors and overall concentration as the nights started getting cool.
Heart vineyard is located in the heart of Red Mountain, the smallest appellation in Washington State at 4,040 acres (1,630 ha planted). The area has a desert climate with average yearly rainfall of five inches per year. During the growing season, daytime temperatures average 90 °F (32 °C) with nighttime temperatures dropping below 50 °F (10 °C). Varieties from Southern France (like Mourvèdre) or Italy thrive in these hot and desert-like conditions.
To preserve the aromatics of the wine, we opted to use 100% neutral oak. Get some in your glass and slowly inhale - what do you think?
Velvety, rich, full, jammy.
NOSE: thyme, white pepper, cocoa, bay leaf, pomegranate, raspberry
MOUTH: rustic plum tart, caramel, black pepper, blackberry, fig compote
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin