AVA: Wahluke Slope
The grapes were gently destemmed and allowed to cold soak in the tank prior to inoculation with yeast strains selected to emphasize terroir and varietal character. Once fermentation began (in stainless steel), the grapes were pumped over twice daily to aid in the extraction of color and tannin. After about seven days, the free run wine was drained away from the grapes and sent to barrel for malolactic fermentation.
“The Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest growing regions in Washington State. As a result, red wine grapes from this area are ripe, rich and concentrated. You will taste dark fruit and a balanced depth in our wines from the Wahluke Slope.” –Jeremy Santo, Winemaker
Aroma: Notes of red cherry, ripe raspberry, dried herbs and a touch of black pepper.
Flavor: A broad soft entry with a cushy midpalate and a round and full finish.
October 28, 2013
100% barrel aged, 10% new French oak for 16 months