Tasting Notes

The aromatics of our 2011 Trine greet you with dark, brooding notes of red cherries, raspberries, and currants. The fruits dance on the palate with an herbaceous essence of celery leaves, heightened by an acidity reminscent of orange zest. Mouthwatering and structured, the finish of this wine leaves you not only with firm tannins but also a minerality which is characteristic of the Walla Walla Valley.

The Year

From beginning to end, this was a cool year. The Walla Walla Valley experienced no 100° days for the first time in well over a decade. Despite the cooler weather, our vineyards were still able to reach full ripening, with harvest occurring approximately three weeks late. The longer hang time led to layered, nuanced flavors with vibrancy and natural balance.

 

Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe. Founding member of VINEA.

 

Wine Specifics

Varietals: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec, 8% Merlot
Vineyards: 76% Seven Hills Vineyard, 24% Octave

Tech Sheet

 

Awards & Accolades

“Dark, black and mineral, this opaque wine has the restraint of the 2011 vintage. The flavors–coffee, blackberry, plum and tobacco– are tarry and dense, the tannins finely etched and lifted by a crisp acidity. A coal-like mineral note at the core will anchor its cellar life. Then decant it for a steak.”
– Wine & Spirits, 93 points

 

“Healthy bright medium red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and currant lifted by exotic oak spices. Red and darker berry flavors are complicated by notes of iron and charred meat, with the wine’s essentially silky texture given shape by an edge of acidity. The wine’s firm, building tannins do not get in the way of its strong finishing fruit. Needs time but holds out superb potential. Another excellent example of the suave texture and atypical complexity of the better wines from this cool year.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 91+ points

 

Full Acclaim