Blend: 60% Merlot 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot
Vintage & Winemaking: 2018 was another warm vintage for Washington that was marked by ideal weather during the harvest season. July and August temperatures were quite warm and then it cooled considerably in September, creating ideal conditions for ripening. Warm days during harvest continued sugar accumulation while cooler nights preserved acidity. As a result, Brix levels were slightly above average in 2018, while acid levels were higher than anticipated for a warm vintage giving this wine balance and complexity. These grapes were then fermented with skin contact for two weeks for a beautiful, extracted color and tannin. The wine then aged in large format 100% French Oak barrels for 20 months to soften the taste and texture.
Sensory Notes: This red blend is vibrant ruby with pink hues shining through. The aromatics resemble dried fruit, fresh thyme, mesquite, with a lifted and bright spirit. On the palate, there is juicy cherry, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet roasted red pepper, and savory currant. Hints of grilled stone fruit make an appearance in the background. This full-bodied wine has smooth and polished tannins with a lingering and elegant finish.