Notes of brandied cherries, dusty rose and violet shine in this vintage. Hints of cedar and baking spices follow the initial fruit and floral components. On the palate, one is transported to a mixed berry tart with bright acidity, followed by tobacco leaf and cedar. Always exhibiting a sense of place, this vineyard designate abounds with crushed rock minerality and graceful tannins.
The 2015 growing season is the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley. Bud break occurred at the end of March, which is about a week earlier than usual. High temperatures peaked at the end of June and were steady throughout the course of the summer. A cooling trend arrived as the grapes began to go through veraison, allowing them to ripen perfectly. For the first time ever, harvest began in August and was followed by optimal weather patterns for the remainder of the year.
Entirely estate; certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. Founding member of VINEA.
Varietals: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Vineyards: 100% Seven Hills Vineyard
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French Oak: 60% neutral, 40% new
Harvest Dates: September 3 – October 6, 2015
Alcohol: 14.6% by volume
Total Production: 516 cases
Bottling Date: March 7, 2017
Release Date: Fall 2017