2021 Ceres

WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  ripe red fruit, dried bergamot, pencil shavings, bramble
TASTES LIKE:  vanilla, caramelized fig, raspberries, crushed gravel
MOUTHFEEL:  rich and opulent, with refined tannins and a lengthy finish
DRINK WITH:  grilled meats and vegetables, charcuterie, creamy rich cheeses

THE 2021 VINTAGE

The 2021 growing season started with a cool, dry spring and an early bud break in April. A July heat dome sent temperatures soaring to previously unseen heights for the state, topping out in Walla Walla at 116 degrees! Above average temperatures lasted for the rest of the summer. Finally, the weather cooled at the end of August and brought perfect ripening conditions for an ideal, unrushed harvest season.

Although the heat produced lower yields across the region, the grapes held beautiful concentration and acidity, with immense taste, mouthfeel, and color. Wines from the 2021 vintage are extremely balanced, forecasting their age-worthiness and drinkability for years to come!

VITICULTURE

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:  56% Cabernet Franc, 44% Malbec
VINEYARDS:  76% Summit View, 21% Goff, 3% Seven Hills
APPELLATION:  100% Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM:  100% French; 72% Neutral, 28% New
HARVEST DATES:  9/6 – 10/5/2021
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.5%
PRODUCTION:  438 cases