2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Walla Walla Valley AVA $45
This wine follows on the heels of our solid 2013 & 2014 Cabernets from the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley AVA. The color is a dark, rich purple and the nose and palate show copious amounts of red and black fruits. This wine stands out for its prominence of blueberry fruit – an element that is present from start to finish with a hint of baking spices. This is a fruit focused wine with delicate tannins, nice acid/tannin balance that is drinking well now and will age gracefully up to 8 – 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 once again brought in nearly perfect fruit 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. One racking off the lees in June, the wine was then barreled with 66% new French Oak with 22% ‘sur lie’. It was bottled in September for a 22 month elevage.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon – 100%
Walla Walla Valley
Seven Hills Vineyard
22 Months in 66 % new French Oak