2014 fruit from our vineyards yielded record color and tannin. Our vintage portfolio carries a volume and weight that matched our house style of rich and smooth age worthy reds. Spring 2014 began the growing season early without problems. Flowering on June 1st at Conner Lee Vineyard afforded an early ripening vintage. Summer temperatures were hotter than average with many July and August days over 100F. Verasion was August 2nd through 7th under good conditions, a hallmark of great vintages. Our well managed vineyard blocks had fruit shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while keeping fruit from sunburn. By October, the vintage was record breaking in total heat units and cool weather was welcome. We then picked all our red fruit with ease under clear skies with cold nights at a leisurely pace.
This 1988 block cabernet was hand-picked the morning of October 28th. Then hand sorted and destemmed into small 1 and 4 ton fermenters for hand mixing daily for two weeks. Fermentation completed in barrels and puncheons. We stirred and aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 16 months, we selected each barrel individually. We then filtered for purity and aging stability. This rich wine will age for a decade or two, enjoyable with a host of foods throughout those seasons.
APPELLATIONS • VINEYARD Columbia Valley • 100% Conner Lee Vineyard FINAL BLEND: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc