2014 Book Club Select Cabernet Sauvignon
100% French Oak puncheons, 50% new
Elephant Mountain Vineyard took full advantage of the early and hot vintage. Spring broke buds and flowered early. Canopy design and vine health was ideal as we ended spring. While summer temperatures were hotter than average with many July and August days over 100F, Andrew Schultz managed the watering of the vineyard perfectly. Verasion was early and swift, a hallmark of great vintages. Our fruit we shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while protecting against sunburn. By October, the vintage was record breaking in total heat units and cool picking weather was welcome.
Starting the morning of October 17 we hand harvested Cabernet Sauvignon fruit into small fermenters. We hand mixed for two weeks then finished fermentation in new and mature French oak puncheons. We aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 20 months, we selected the final blend. We then filtered for purity and aging stability. The blend offers Cabernet Sauvignon in a powerful style. This rich wine is enjoyable with a host of foods, especially proteins.
APPELLATIONS • VINEYARDS Yakima Valley 100% (Columbia Valley) • 100% Elephant Mountain FINAL BLEND 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Syrah