2014 Volume Four
100 % New French traditional Bordeaux barrels
Vintage 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 the growing season without problems. Flowering on June 4th at Dionysus Vineyard afforded an early ripening vintage. Summer temperatures were hotter than average with a dozen days over 100F. Verasion was early in August under good conditions, a hallmark of great vintages. We then green thinned the vines to the low yield of 2.5 tons per acre. Harvested on October 1st, we enjoyed this vintage’s perfectly ripe cabernet sauvignon.
Hand-picked in the morning of October 1st, the cabernet sauvignon was hand sorted, destemmed and resorted removing all vegetal stem fragments. We chilled and cold soaked for three days developing richness and smooth skin tannins then fermented slowly at cool temperatures below 87F. Hand mixed daily for two weeks on skins, only free run was selected for traditional Bordeaux barrel aging. We lees age developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit and oak. After 16 months, we selected and blended each barrel for this rare wine.
APPELLATION • VINEYARD 100% Columbia Valley AVA • 100% Dionysus Vineyard, Block D18 FINAL BLEND 100% cabernet sauvignon