Nose

Expressive notes of black pepper, violets, sage, blackberry, olive tapenade and forest floor aromas.

Palate

The palate is rich and velvety with ripe currant and raspberry, purple plum, dark chocolate and savory game notes. Polished fine grain tannins and bright acidity on the lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

Vineyards • Estate Eidolon Vineyard, ‘Rocks District of Milton Freewater’, Walla Walla Valley • Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley • Summit View Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley • The warmest vintage on record for Washington • Bud break occurred two-three weeks early in most sites • Increased irrigation and proper canopy management allowed for healthy vines and fruit development • Cooler more average fall temperatures allowed for a longer hangtime, with smaller berries for increased structure

Harvest

• Hand-harvested grapes

Bottling

• Cross-flow filtration prior to bottling • Bottling date: May 30, 2017

Winemaking

• Small lot fermentations in stainless steel tanks with 50% whole clusters • The cap was manually punched down two times per day • Pressed and transferred to barrels to complete secondary fermentation

Aging

• The wine was aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels with 10% new • The wine was racked once during aging