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2018 Aviator

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Tasting Notes

58% Cabernet Sauvignon 23% Merlot 16% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot
Aromas of black currant, smoked dates, and a hint of espresso dance on the nose. The palate is powerful yet elegant with secondary flavors of toasted cedar, wet leather, and fresh pipe tobacco. Tertiary flavors of black cherries and sweet oak spice leave the palate with a velvet-like finish.

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. A very 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. 2018 did see some heavy smoke from wildfires in the Northwest, but the location of our vineyards, the timing of the smoke, and the overall smoke saturation, our vineyard was not affected by the smoke. 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.

Food Pairing

Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon
Roast Lamb seasoned with Fresh Herbs
Sautéed Mushrooms
Aged Cheddar or Bleu Cheese

  • Varietal Composition: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 16% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 489
  • Alcohol: 14.2
  • pH: 3.74
  • Acidity: 6.0
  • Ageability: Now through 2030

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