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Lovely and warm with aromas of holiday spice, hazelnuts, and cranberry complimented by cocoa, cinnamon and blackberry on the palate in this fortified wine.
Gold, 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Sourced from the award-winning Gunkel Vineyard (Estate).
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. Sourced from our collection of vineyards throughout Washington, each lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold maceration for color and fruit extraction. The fruit was kept separate by varietal and warmed up to begin the native yeast fermentation. Once pressed, the wine was then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 33 months. For the first year this wine was stirred in barrel on its lees to enhance mouth-feel and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before bottling.