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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

Distinctive and refined, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherries, blackberries, rose-bush brambles, and crushed gravel with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Uplifting acidity gives this wine a focused energy with pure flavors that expand on the palate. Layers of mixed berries, black and red cherry, currant, and plum lead to a long, lingering finish. Velvety tannins provide a supple mouthfeel.

The 2010 Vintage

Bud break started more than two weeks early at the beginning of April. Then the weather cooled down significantly, and we were two weeks behind typical growing patterns by mid-June. Due to the poor weather during bloom, our berry counts per cluster were reduced significantly, which meant a very small crop. Whereas we usually target anywhere from 2.5 to 3 tons per acre, we ended up anywhere from 1.25 to 2 tons per acre. This was somehow a blessing. Despite the cool summer (only two days above 100 degrees), we were able to ripen each block perfectly. Wines from the 2010 vintage show vibrant flavors, bright acidity and exceptional balance.

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s): 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s): 66% Seven Hills, 34% Pepper Bridge
Viticulture: 100% Estate Vinyard. 100% Certified Sustainable.
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French Oak; 41% used oak, 59% new oak.
Harvest Dates: September 22 - October 23, 2010
Time in Barrels: 18 months
Finished Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Total Production: 2,006 cases (9L) and 30 cases of magnums
Bottling Date: May 22, 2011
Release Date: May 3, 2013

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Awards & Accolades
92 pts, Wine Advocate: "a deep, voluptuous effort that possesses notions of plum sauce, currant, licorice, and liquid smoke..."
92 pts, Wine Enthusiast: "Cellar Selection. ...compact with a dense verticality, opening with raspberry and moving on into cassis friut. Tight and young, compact and nicely structured..."