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2018 Founders H. Lloyd

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This wine pays tribute to our great-grandfather, H. Lloyd Miller, a successful businessman and pioneer of the Yakima Valley, who founded our family farm in the early 1900’s. He is also considered the father of the Roza Irrigation Canal, which supplies water to 72,000 acres of farmland in our valley. His entrepreneurial spirit provides a great source of inspiration to our family as we strive to carry on his legacy.

Tasting Notes

Comprised of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, this luxurious Bordeaux style blend is an aromatic powerhouse showcasing layers of black cassis, blackberry jam, cherry cola, and hints of rustic leather. The palate is powerful yet elegant with secondary flavors of toasted sandalwood and fresh pipe tobacco and tertiary flavors of dark chocolate covered cherries and sweet oak spices. This rich and textured wine incorporates a firm tannin structure and leaves the palate with a long lingering finish. Drinking beautifully now, the concentration and structure of this wine make it a prime candidate for the cellar.  Enjoy now through 2035.

Awards

93 Points by Owen Bargreen, Certified Sommelier, Formerly the Senior Editor at the International Wine Report

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was a classic Washington State Vintage with a mild winter and extremely hot summer. The winter leading to spring was mild and temperatures in March/April were slightly above average leading to 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 hot summer with cool nights advanced the ripeness and growth in the vineyards that we have not seen in the last few years providing for an ideal vintage. We did experience some heavy smoke from the Northwest wildfires. With 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 of sun exposure creating bountiful aromatics with balanced acidity. 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

Beef Bourguignon
Roasted Rack of Lamb
Pan-Seared Sirloin

  • Varietal Composition: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 248
  • Alcohol: 14.3%
  • pH: 3.75
  • Acidity: 6.0 g/L

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