2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Walla Walla Valley AVA $44
This high toned ripe 100% Cabernet Sauvignon gushes with rich blueberry and other dark berry aromatics. The forwardness of the fruit is balanced out with the firm acidity, and integrated tannins. This wine is drinking great now and will age gracefully up to 10 years.
The renowned Seven Hills Vineyard is located on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley appellation. Wine & Spirits Magazine named it one of the ten great vineyards of the world. The soils are predominantly silt loam, which is wind-blown glacial loess that is geologically very young and full of minerals. It is two to four feet deep atop coarser layers of sand and gravel that were deposited by catastrophic, glacial floods that swept through this region about 15,000 years ago. The result is a complex mix of minerals, lending a corresponding complexity to the wines.
We were nearly the last winery to pick Cabernet grapes from this vineyard reaching full maturity in late October. As a rule – we meticulously sorted and settled in for a 4 day cold soak, followed by a long, slow, cool fermentation. Seeking more extraction we did an extended maceration until the cap fell – 36 days! One racking off the lees in June, the wine was then barreled with 66% new French Oak with 50% ‘sur lie’. It was bottled in August for a 22 month elevage.
Cabernet Sauvignon – 100%
Walla Walla Valley
Seven Hills Vineyard
22 Months in 66 % new French Oak