2014 Readers Cabernet Sauvignon
100% French Oak barrels, 30% new
An early ripening harvest, 2014 fruit from our vineyards yielded record color and tannin. Our vintage portfolio carries a volume and weight that matched our house style of rich and smooth age-worthy reds. Spring broke buds and flowered early. Summer temperatures were hotter than average with many July and August days over 100F. Verasion was early under good conditions, together hallmarks of great vintages. Our familiar old vine blocks had fruit shaded with healthy canopies balancing acidity and sugar ripeness while keeping fruit from sunburn. By October, the vintage was record breaking in total heat units and cool picking weather was welcome.
These Cabernets were handpicked in the mornings of October 5–25. We hand-sorted clusters, and destemmed into small fermenters for hand mixing. Fermentation completed in barrels and 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. With the addition of choice Syrah and Merlot for aromatic lift, the blend describes cabernet at its most gorgeous vintage expression. This rich wine will age easily for decade or two and is enjoyable with a host of savory, full flavored foods throughout the range of seasons.
APPELLATIONS • VINEYARDS Columbia Valley 90%, Yakima Valley 10% • 50% Conner Lee, 40% Dionysus, 10% Elephant Mountain FINAL BLEND 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Syrah
(Feb 1, 2017 at 7:36 PM)
Why is the rating "pretty good" and then jumping to excellent? This wine was so much more than ''pretty good". This was an excellent wine for $28.00. Granted I have had much better wines (only in my opinion) but they cost substantially more. I would highly recommend this wine.