2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

This wine boasts a gorgeous dark color with aromatics of black cherry, plum and blackcurrant followed by layers of sandalwood, graphite and exotic spices. The entry is smooth with refined tannins and a perfect balance of oak and dark red fruit fills out the palate, followed by a lush, lingering finish.

Awards

Silver, 2018 Cascade Wine Competition
Silver, 2018 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
90 | 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2015 Vintage was hot in the Yakima Valley, but the success was due to our cool nights during ripening and experienced farming care. A long history with our estate vineyard afforded us good vine care and a fairly predictable harvest. With 2015 being one of the warmest vintages in the history of Washington wines, this warm vintage created mesmerizing wines that will hold up for decades to come. Hot days allow the grapes to ripen to their full potential where Washington’s trademark cool nights allowed the wines natural acidity to become very balanced. When you factor in these two elements, it creates an equation for fruit forward wines that are impeccably balanced. The pace of the 2015 harvest was very ideal for most wineries as we started off in late August/early September and ending around the 3rd week of October. The grapes ripened at a very predictable pace allowing for a quite smooth flow of harvest. Red wines from the 2015 vintage are grand with very dark and concentrated colors, the flavors are intense with a big showcase of darker fruits and ample tannins with very balanced acidity.

Winemaking Notes

Our 2015 Reserve Cabernet comes from our estate vineyard in the Yakima Valley. The wines beautiful crafting begins in the vineyard, where we carefully select the best blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon our vineyard can produce. From there, starting in the chilly winter, we begin our pruning with goals to achieve a very small crop load. Having a small crop load lets the plants growth focus on concentrating flavors, optimal ripeness and perfectly balanced tannins. When the grapes were ready for harvest, all grapes were harvest by hand, ensuring we only select the best possible grapes to ferment. We hand sort the grapes again once at our production facility before we de-stem and send to fermenters for the magic to begin. All lots were sent to small 2-ton fermenters and had an extraction protocol of 2-4 punch downs per day and allowed to ferment dry on the skins, about 14 days. The wines were then sent to exclusive French Oak barrels with 61% New French Oak, 21% 2-year-old French Oak, and 18% neutral oak. Each barrel had its lees stirred for the 1st 3 months of aging to achieve roundness and structure and aged for approximately 18 months in oak.

Food Pairing

Rosemary-Pepper Beef Rib Roast with Porcini Jus
Blue Cheese Burgers
Broiled Pork Chops with Sun-Dried Tomato & Chipotle Pesto
Camembert or Roquefort

  • Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: 18 Months in 100% French Oak (61% New, 21% 2-Year, 18% Neutral Oak)
  • Cases Produced: 950
  • Alcohol: 14.7
  • pH: 3.92
  • Acidity: 5.6
  • Ageability: Now through 2030

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