SMELLS LIKE: herbal notes, sweet tobacco & cigar box, red fruit, black rose
TASTES LIKE: bright red fruit, raspberry, mocha, hint of sweet star anise
MOUTHFEEL: lovely grip & tannin with tons of black cherry on finish
DRINK WITH: roast chicken, osso bucco, carne asada, bleu cheese burger
THE 2017 VINTAGE
We rang in 2017 with three arctic fronts that brought temperatures down to -10 in the coldest areas. This was followed by a cool, wet spring that pushed bud break back by two weeks. We opened our canopies early to allow additional sunlight and promote growth. Early summer was very warm, which accelerated the season and pushed ripening back on track. During the heat spikes in August we had a very slight haze that kept us from hitting the triple digits.
As we rolled into harvest, the winds changed and our skies cleared. The weather in Walla Walla was ideal, with our usual long warm days and wonderfully cool evenings. "The result was another amazing vintage with nice yields of bold fruit with great acidity," says Winemaker and Partner Jean-François Pellet.
100% estate, sustainably farmed
Founding member of VINEA
VARIETALS: 55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Malbec
ESTATE VINEYARDS: 48% Summit View, 32% Goff, 12% Seven Hills, 8% Pepper Bridge
APPELLATION: 100% Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM: 100% French; 77% neutral, 23% new
HARVEST DATES: 9/21 - 10/2/2017
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.5%
PRODUCTION: 377 cases