Dark scents reminiscent of blue and black fruit are center stage while subtle hints of wood and leather mingle with black licorice and dusty minerality. Upon tasting, blueberry and blackberry are revisited and earthy notes provide a dense texture with a rich, powerful mouthfeel. Well integrated oak and fruit components lend themselves to surprising acidity and a long, balanced 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 2017 VINTAGE
2017 started out cold. Three arctic fronts rolled in, the last one bringing with it temperatures dipping to -10 in the coldest areas. Spring continued colder and wetter than normal, which actually benefited the vines by giving them time to repair tissue damage from the winter cold. By the beginning of June, temperatures warmed nicely but never got too hot. There were only a handful of days that flirted with 100 degrees. The first week of August was slated for above 100 degree days but was saved by a haze that kept temperatures at least 10 degrees cooler. Pick times were right on track and resulted in normal crop size. In terms of quality and flavor, 2017 was a very good year indeed.
Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.
Varietal(s): 42% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
Vineyards(s): 50% Seven Hill, 19% Waliser, 17% Octave, 14% Pepper Bridge
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 41% New, 100% French Oak
Harvest Dates: September 15th - October 18th, 2017
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Production: 672 cases
Bottling Date: April 2nd, 2019
Release Date: Spring 2020