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Broad and supple, with raspberry and pepper notes weaving through the fresh and dried fruit
flavor, concluded with a nice, clean long finish.
Gold, 2016 Seattle Wine Awards
Sourced from Milbrandt Vineyards’ award-winning Northridge Vineyard in Washington State’s
Wahluke Slope AVA.
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 French oak barrels for 19 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.