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2012 Trine

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Since the inception of this Bordeaux-style blend, our 2012 vintage is the first in which Cabernet Franc is its predominant varietal. The aromatics show elevated tones of red fruit and fresh crushed berries with hints of rose petal and oak, followed closely with underlying layers of earth and graphite. The mouthfeel is concentrated but extremely refined and elegant, showcasing notes of Bing cherry and ripe plum on the palate. Enjoyable now; this wine will age gracefully for years to come.

"Trine" defined

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-Fran├žois 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 2012 Vintage

Spring brought us more precipitation than usual, followed by a hot, dry summer. We experienced plenty of warm days without it being overly hot. Since WSU began recording heat units, the 2012 vintage was right on track with a "perfect average." The wines of this vintage show beautiful characteristics of fruit ripeness while remaining elegant and balanced.


Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
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Wine Specifics

Varietal(s):  37% Cabernet Franc, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 
23%Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s):  57% Seven Hills, 30% Octave, 13% Pepper Bridge
Appellation:  100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:  100% French oak; 66% neutral, 34% new
Harvest Dates:  September 19 - October 20, 2012
Production:  711 cases
Alcohol:  14.6% by volume
Bottling Date:  May 28 - 29, 2014
Release Date:  May 2015

2012 Trine

Awards & Accolades
94 pts, The Tasting Panel: "Winemaker Jean-Fran├žois Pellet scores again. Luscious plum, black raspberry and spice; notes of chocolate, vanilla and toast; supple and elegant."
92 pts, Wine Advocate: "...a sensational blend... Giving up lots of dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, earth and hints of charcoal, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, lots of fruit and building, mouth-coating tannin."
GOLD; Seattle Wine Awards: ""