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2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  fresh herb, tobacco leaf, dark cherry, blueberry, light mineral & floral notes
TASTES LIKE:  raspberry, black cherry, berry cobbler, dusty malt, hint of wet river rock
MOUTHFEEL:  velvety & approachable  with smooth, lush, refined tannins
DRINK WITH:  blue cheese crostini, beef stew, grilled portobellos, chocolate chip cookies


THE 2016 VINTAGE

2016 was the longest harvest we can remember. It was one of the earliest growing seasons on record, bud-break, bloom and verasion were all the earliest we have ever seen. For Amavi Cellars we started picking in August and didn't finish until mid-October (just before the rain!). This combination of early and long created the best of both worlds. All in all, 2016 is poised to go down in the books as one of the most perfect growing seasons. April and May were warm and dry with temperatures jumping into the triple digits by early June. This hot start led to a large crop, with larger berries and cluster weights. We managed both the yields and water throughout our vineyards. By mid-summer, cooler temperatures arrived and continued through harvest. As things cooled significantly in late August and into September and October, it allowed for long hang times and optimal picking dates. The especially long season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly which helped preserve freshness and elegance in the finished wines. 


VITICULTURE

100% estate, sustainably farmed
Founding member of VINEA
Within all of our vineyards we dedicate ourselves to being stewards of the land and leaders in the practices of sustainable agriculture. 


WINE SPECIFICS

VARIETALS: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 
4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
ESTATE VINEYARDS: 34% Pepper Bridge, 17% Summit View, 
16% Octave, 13% Goff, 10% Seven Hills, 10% Les Collines
APPELLATION: 100% Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM: 92% French, 8% American; 72% neutral, 28% new
HARVEST DATES: 9/19 - 10/12/2016
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.5% 
PRODUCTION: 6,080 cases