Tasting Notes

Deep aromatics of dark fruit and brambles leap forward in this powerful vintage. Hints of blackberry cobbler and notes of rye and crushed rock make way for rich iron undertones. Subtle umami notes can be found lingering in the distance. Upon tasting, a bold palate of dark fruit and lively tannins electrify the senses. Hints of dusty minerals bring a complex and subtle finish to this lively blend.

The Year

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.

Viticulture

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

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s): 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s): 55% Seven Hills, 24% Pepper Bridge, 12% Octave, 9% Yellow Jacket
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Oak Program: 100% French Oak; 55% neutral, 45% new
Harvest Dates: September 15th – October 18th, 2017
Alcohol: 14.50%
Production: 1,984 cases
Bottling Date: June 24th and 25th, 2019
Release Date: Spring 2020