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2013 Trine

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Centered around a rich core of ripe Bing cherry, dried herbs, rose petal, violet, and polished leather, this wine demonstrates the magic of Cabernet Franc as a main blending component. With a seamless and structured mouthfeel, the palate displays accents of red fruit, plum and savory notes. Despite the warm vintage, this offering shows elegance and balance with a long finish.

‘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-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 2013 Vintage

The summer of 2013 marked the warmest summer on record for us here in the Walla Walla Valley. Spring was cool and moist, as is typical here, with bud break occurring right on time in mid-April. Once it started warming up, it didn’t stop - our thermometers rose over 100° quite often! The first week of September brought relief: dramatically cooler days and nights which allowed for the development of our trademark Walla Walla Valley acidity. Harvest began around this same time, with the cooler temperatures allowing us to finish right on schedule at the end of October. 


Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s):  37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 
16% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s):  49% Seven Hills, 27% Pepper Bridge, 24% Octave
Appellation:  100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program:  100% French Oak; 62% neutral, 38% new
Harvest Dates: September 11 - October 22, 2013
Alcohol:  14.6% by volume
Production:  912 cases
Release Date:  May 2016

2013 Trine

Awards & Accolades
92 Points, Wine Advocate: "It has a polished, silky, medium to full-bodied profile to go with impressive creme de cassis, spring flowers, and graphite aromas and flavors. While it's not a heavyweight, it has fabulous purity, balance and length."
95 Points, Wine & Spirits: "Tobacco leaf over black cherries and plums. It's a savory wine, vinous, vibrant and supple, marked by fine, thrillingly sensuous tannins. As sexy a wine as Jean-François Pellet has ever made."
92 Points, Wine Spectator: "A red that's structured and well-defined, yet expressive, with dark berry, licorice and spicy cedar flavors that linger toward well-framed tannins."