Best of Class, 2017 Washington State Wine Competition
20 months in 50% new French oak
Caramel flavor combined with notes of warm wood on the nose. Rich tannic finish with intermingled cedar and leather.
Best of Class, Double Gold, 2017 Washington State Wine Competition; Double Gold, 2017 Platinum Wine Competition
Sourced from five award-winning vineyards - 37% McKinley Springs Vineyards, 35% Eagle Ranch Vineyard, 22% Elephant Mountain Vineyard, 6% Les Collines Vineyard.
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with local growers and visited each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. This wine was fermented separately and then blended before bottling to allow the tannins to meld together. Each lot underwent a five-day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness lasting roughly 21 days. To craft this wine, only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was blended. The lots were then barrel aged for 20 months in new French oak. For the first year, this wine was stirred in the barrel on its lees and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months, the wine was racked off the lees for clarity and blended before bottling.
Cases produced: 1,221