Raspberry and brambles are front and center in this Bordeaux style blend. Inviting notes of cassis and dried herbs, with hints of pepper and cedar shine through as the bouquet opens up. On the palate, bright notes of cherry and raspberry play alongside black tea and licorice. A lively tannic structure leads the way for a long, brooding finish.
The word 'trine' (it rhymes with 'wine') is defined as a close group of three, and this wine pays homage to the families of Pepper Bridge: the McKibbens, Goffs, and Pellets. As with our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Trine showcases the best of our Walla Walla Valley estate vineyards. However, it allows Winemaker Jean-François Pellet more freedom of expression since it is a creative blend rather than a varietal-based wine. Each vintage will contain a unique combination of Bordeaux's traditional five red grapes.
the 2015 vintage
The 2015 growing season is the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley. Bud break occurred at the end of March, which is about a week earlier than usual. High temperatures peaked at the end of June and were steady throughout the course of the summer. A cooling trend arrived as the grapes began to go through veraison, allowing them to ripen perfectly. For the first time ever, harvest began in August and was followed by optimal weather patterns for the remainder of the year.
Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.
Varietal(s): 40% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Vineyards(s): 49% Seven Hills, 26% Octave, 15% Pepper Bridge, 10% Waliser
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French Oak; 61% neutral, 39% new
Harvest Dates: September 3 through October 15, 2015
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Production: 672 cases
Bottling Date: March 7, 2017
Release Date: Spring 2018
Awards & Accolades
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "...pure, full-bodied, and elegant, with a beautiful core of black and blue fruits. Possessing fine tannin and a great finish..."
94 Points, Wine & Spirits: "Named a Top 100 Wine for 2018! "It has a red-fruit core and a generous, suede-like texture, delivering firm, windswept grippiness in the end, with fine graphite tannins and the basalt-laden fell of minerality. Gorgeous now, this will reward those who cellar it." - Patrick J. Comiskey"
92 Points, Vinous.com: "...aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, mocha, espresso, peppery herbs and cedar. Sappy flavors of dark berries, licorice and pepper are nicely framed by harmonious acidity. This juicy blend already displays a lot of personality, not to mention sophisticated texture. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and sneaky length. The element of Cabernet Franc lift should make this wine particularly flexible at the dinner table."