2015 Chapter 8
80% new and 20% used French Oak
Expect this wine to last for 10 to 20 years. Suave and complex with classical aromatics of currants and dark berries married to new French oak and savory earthiness. supported by 2% Malbec bringing spice and pepper notes with aromatic brightness. Cabernet Sauvignon's tannic intensity vibes with the voluptuous Merlot for attention in this dynamic wine.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon | 48% Merlot | 2% Malbec
"To Challenge the concentration and destiny the 8 cluster yield 1ier Grand Cru Bordeaux vines ripen, French consultant Claude Gros designed this reserve pruning and harvest selection in our favorite healthy old cabernet block 1988. Our technique yields two bottles per vine, like the Grand Cru. We repeat this technique in Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Syrah for blending. The Columbia Valley being warmer than Bordeaux, thinning must take place at 20 brix. We thin to balance natural sugars and acids and allow ripening for six long weeks. Hand harvested we ferment separately in small lots for 20 days building suave tannins, designed solely for this wine selection. Finished in new Le Grand and Jarnac Bordeaux puncheons, the wines age 20 months sur lees using all techniques to build full body. Using only the field selected Cuvee, we select out favorite puncheon expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon and supporting varietals for bottling less than 500 cases." Caleb Foster, Winemaker