Bright Cabernet Franc notes meet you right up front. Ripe red raspberry and cassis are followed closely by hints of sage brush, cocoa powder, and rose petal. Light notes of strawberry, leather, and pencil shavings also make an appearance on the finish. Upon first sip, beautifully full red fruit mingles with savory edges to create a round yet complex palate. Velvety smooth tannins roll into a full 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 2016 VINTAGE
The 2016 vintage was full of surprises, starting with the warmest April on record. Bud break happened two weeks early at the beginning of April with increasing temperatures and maturation through May and June. Temperatures peaked in early June, followed by rains in July that brought cooler weather. This allowed the vineyards to slow down and pushed harvest closer to average pick times. With the warm start and long cool finish, picking started in late August and finished by mid-October, just before a long spell of rain. The cool summer months resulted in beautiful aromatics and elegant mouthfeel that are the key elements of wines from the Walla Walla Valley.
Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.
Varietal(s): 35% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
Vineyards(s): 55% Seven Hills, 22% Pepper Bridge, 17% Waliser, 6% Octave,
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French Oak; 59% neutral, 41% new
Harvest Dates: September 9 through October 12, 2016
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Production: 713 cases
Bottling Date: March 29, 2018
Release Date: Spring 2019
Jeb Dunnuck: "...Black currants, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed rock notes all flow to a full-bodied, powerfully concentrated red that has rocking purity, minerality, and length. - JD, 4/2019"