Palate

Robust aromas of cardamom and orange peel mingle with hints of blackberry, underpinned by a graphite minerality. These characteristics carry forward with expansive dark fruit and pepper notes, finishing with smooth tannins.

Harvest

Perfect dry harvest weather extended hang-time resulting in rich color and vibrant fruit flavors, another great vintage for Washington State. A late bud-break in mid-April was followed by a warm May with rapid canopy growth. A quick, even bloom set a uniform and healthy crop. A cool June contributed to healthy berry growth. July and early August were warm, with occasional heat spikes. Canopies were managed to avoid sunburn and irrigation was micromanaged. Intense cluster thinning was required to control yields.

Winemaking

Over 35 years of meticulous vineyard management and winemaking experience are fundamental to the quality of our wines and our reputation for excellence. We are engaged in growing and making 100% of our wines. Each lot was hand-harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5-ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity-assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process.

Aging

The wine was cleanly racked to small oak barrels, mostly two years and older, with two rackings over 10 months.