Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 to 72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finished both primary and secondary fermentations. The best barrels of the separate lots of Cabernet Franc were combined after 12 months of barrel aging and allowed to coalesce for an additional 6 months.
Similar to 12 and 13, a warm summer led to an early start to the 14 harvest. Temperatures stayed steady throughout harvest, maintaining ripening so grapes hung longer without sugars skyrocketing, providing balance, flavor development and concentration. This was a great harvest but one where we could not rely on previous vintages to determine the readiness of the fruit. Varietals and sites were ready in an order not seen before by our winemaking team, keeping them on their toes!
Notes of bright red, tart fruit on the nose including raspberry, cranberry and currant accompanied by leather and smoke. The pallet add hints of anise with balanced acidity and brisk tannins.
Release Info: Released Spring 2016
Appelation: Wahluke Slope
• 86% Weinbau Vineyard
• 9% Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
• 5% Tapteil Vineyard
• 100% Cabernet Franc
Cooperage: 20% new French oak with the remaining 80% older French oak. Select barrels from the best forests of Taransaud, Millet, Vicard, Boutes and Dargaud and Jaegle coopers.
Acidity & PH: pH-3.66, Total Acidity-0.61
Cases: 1200 cases
Prices: $30/bottle  $324/case