2017 Hellcat

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Tasting Notes

This well-balanced blend of Tempranillo and Syrah showcases bright aromatics of fresh marionberries and tart blueberries with a hint of red currant and fresh fig. Secondary flavors of black truffles and roasted herbs linger on the palate with lush, silky smooth tannins on the finish.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

To begin 2017, Eastern Washington was in the midst of a brutal winter that lingered on into early March. Our concerns of winter damage to the vines were alleviated towards the end of April when our vineyards came back to life with bud break. Bud break was a bit behind a normal Washington vintage, but not by much. Spring of 2017 was warm, and this led to rapid growth in the vineyards. The spring led into a perfect Eastern Washington summer with warm days and cool nights that we are keen on for a great growing season. Veraison happened around the first of August, and with all the last-minute adjustments to crop size we were very pleased. Wildfires were a great deal of concern for us, but as damaging as these fires were, thankfully our estate vineyard was not impacted by the excessive smoke we experienced in the state. Very similar to the 2016 vintage, we had a much cooler than average September that slowed the ripening process down quite a bit. This allowed the grapes to hang on the vines much longer to achieve optimal ripeness for flavor development and sugar content. This meant a later harvest season for us as we brought in the last of our grapes in early November.

Winemaking Notes

Each element of our 2017 Hellcat from our Estate Vineyard is sourced from our Reserve designated blocks. Each lot was fermented in small 2-ton fermenters, our extraction for our Tempranillo was gentle with only punchdowns 2-3 times per day. The Syrah portion received more frequent punchdowns and pump overs for optimal extraction. The wines where then aged exclusively in French oak with 28% being new oak, 20% 2-year-old and 52% neutral oak, this allows for complex layers that showcases the beautiful fruit notes from the wine. For the 1st 3 months of aging the lees were gently stirred in each barrel to help create roundness and balance of the wines. Aged for approximately 19 months, the wine was gently racked from barrels to tank. After all the chemistry was in we decided this wine was healthy and remained unfiltered allowing the wine to be enjoyed right away and still have the ageability to cellar for the next 9-10 years. This wine is also produced in a vegan manner meaning no animal byproducts were used in its production. mal byproducts were used in the production of this wine.

Food Pairing

Cajun Filet Mignon
Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary
Jambalaya Pasta
Manchego or Dubliner

  • Varietal Composition: 79% Tempranillo, 21% Syrah
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: 19 months in 100% French Oak (28% new, 20% 2-year, 52% neutral oak)
  • Cases Produced: 291
  • Alcohol: 13.5
  • pH: 3.84
  • Acidity: 6.0
  • Ageability: Drink Now through 2029

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