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2018 Dolcetto

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Tasting Notes

Raspberry liqueur, crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherry, and exotic spice envelope the senses. The palate is very lush with layers of tart cranberry and hints of black licorice with a touch of sage, leading to a silky-smooth finish. Enjoy now through 2028 with optimal maturity around 2025.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2018 Vintage was a classic Washington State Vintage with a mild winter and very hot summer. The winter leading to Spring was mild and temperatures in March/April were slightly above average leading to our Estate’s Vineyard bud break in middle April. A warm Spring provided perfect growth for the grapevines. Our meticulous farming practices allowed us to manage vigorous growth throughout the growing season so the plants reached our crop size yield goals for each block. An extremely hot summer with cool nights during 2018 advanced the ripeness and growth in the vineyards that we haven’t seen in the last few years providing for an optimal vintage. The hot summer allowed grapes to reach optimal maturity and ripeness levels far exceeding anything we saw in 2017 and 2016. White grape varietals saw a lot more sun exposure creating bountiful aromatics with balanced acidity. The red grape varietals made wines that are lush with dark fruit aromas and silky tannins. The 2018 Vintage will be one to enjoy for many years to come.

Winemaking Notes

Hand-harvested from our Estate Vineyard from Reserve Tier Grapes at optimal ripeness, our Dolcetto was 100% destemmed grapes but not crushed. After a 72-hour cold soak, the wine was warmed up and inoculated with three different yeast strains, one yeast strain for fruit aromas, one for complexity, and the other to make sure we go dry. When working with a high pH wine, the fermentation can struggle towards the end, and adding this yeast gives us a form of insurance that the fermentation will go dry on the skins. Each yeast has also been carefully selected to ensure they will not compete with the other yeasts, an especially important element in making a reserve tier wine such as this. A mix of extraction methods was used in order to create a wine of balance and one that showcases the unique traits of the Dolcetto grape. These methods included only gentle punch-downs in the morning, then a gentle punch down in the evening, this grape can easily be over-extracted, and our main goal was to have a gentle approach to avoid this. Fermented dry on the skins lasting about 19 days with temperatures closely monitored as to not exceed 86 degrees. After fermentation was complete the grapes were sent to the press for a gentle pressing, then sent directly to French Oak barrels. This wine was aged in 5% 2-year old French Oak and 95% Neutral French oak. The mix of newer and neutral French oak creates the perfect balance for this wine, allowing the exotic aromatics to be the star of the show while creating layers of creaminess and complexity with just a touch of new French Oak.

Food Pairing

Antipasto - Prosciutto to Spicy Coppa with Burrata or Taleggio
Slow-Roasted Black Cod with Red Chermoula
Ground Lamb and Shallot Kebabs with Pomegranate Molasses
Gnocchi in a light tomato sauce tempered with cream

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Dolcetto
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Aging / Barrel Program: 19 months in 100% French Oak
  • Cases Produced: 112
  • Alcohol: 13.8
  • pH: 3.64
  • Acidity: 6.4
  • Ageability: Now through 2028

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