2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clifton Hill Vineyard
Best of Class, 2017 Seattle Wine Awards
Clifton Hill Vineyard
22 months in 75% new Sylvain French Oak
Cocoa, cherry, and plum aromas meld into a hint of bell pepper and hibiscus notes on the nose. A tea and tobacco palate are formed with dense tannins that has a developing finish.
Sourced from the award-winning Clifton Hills Vineyard located in Washington's Wahluke Slope AVA.
Cases Produced: 324
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with the grower and visited the 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 single vineyard lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness in about 21 days. Only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was used in the making of this wine. The lots were then aged in Sylvain French oak for 22 months. For the first year this wine was stirred in 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 before bottling.