2014 Chapter 7
2014 fruit from our vineyards revealed the highest recorded tannin and color potential yet seen in WA. Our vintage portfolio carries a volume and weight that matched our house style of bold, rich and smooth reds age worthy for decades. Spring 2014 began early with vines growing up healthy again. Flowering on June 1st at Conner Lee Vineyard promised the ripest vintage yet. Summer temperatures were hotter than average with many July and August days over 100F. Verasion was early in August under good conditions, a hallmark of great vintages. Our well managed vineyard blocks had fruit shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while keeping fruit from sunburn. September was warm and dry and October warm also accelerating harvest. We then picked all our red fruit with ease under clear skies with cold nights at a leisurely pace.
Hand-picked in the mornings of October 8th and 10th respectively the merlot and Syrah were fermented in puncheons with free run selected for the cuvee. Cabernet sauvignon’s from the 1987 and 1988 vines fully ripened next on the 16th under the waxing October full moon. Malbec was harvested fully ripe last on October 22nd. We hand sorted all clusters then destemmed and resorted out any stem fragments. Each in their own fermenters, we chilled and cold soaked for three days developing richness and smooth skin tannins, we then fermented slowly at cool temperatures below 87F. Hand mixed daily for two weeks on skins, only free run was selected for aging in Puncheons. We stirred and aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 16 months, we blended each selected puncheon and barrel for this rare wine.
APPELLATIONS • VINEYARD Columbia Valley • 100% Conner Lee Vineyard FINAL BLEND 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah, 3% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc