The fruit was hand sorted into open top 1.5 ton fermenters. 90% of the fruit was destemmed and crushed, while 10% remained whole cluster. The cap was punched down by hand two or three times per day. Secondary fermentation finished in barrel. The 2018 growing conditions in the Walla Walla Valley were superb for Rhone varietals. Aromas of violets, cracked peppercorn, and salami evolve into plum, blackberry, and spice. Artfully balanced through blending with delicious flavors of beef broth, mountain berries, fresh cracked pepper, and an elegant finish. Enjoy!
2018 was an extraordinary vintage in the Walla Walla Valley with perfect conditions for retaining freshness and purity of fruit. This wine beautifully showcases the complex aromas of cassis, black cherry and graphite, with hints of soy, umami, cocoa nibs, sweet herb and vanilla. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and plum dance on the palate. A big, rich, luscious mouthful of Walla Walla Cabernet at its best, with a pleasant lingering finish. Enjoy!