Suave and complex with classical aromatics of currants and dark berries married to new French oak and savory earthiness. Supported by 8% Malbec bring spice and pepper notes with
aromatic brightness. Cabernet Sauvignon’s tannic intensity vies with the voluptuous Merlot for attention in this dynamic wine.
O ur classical blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
displays the terroir of Conner Lee Vineyard in gorgeous
form. Our outstanding 1992 Merlot block we blend
with our old block 1987 Cabernet in this reserve selection.
Warm vintages for Conner Lee Vineyard are our favorites,
showing off big ripe flavors balanced by the cool site’s
fresh acidity. Expect this wine to last for ten to twenty
years and show its best from one year after release.
Suave and complex with classical aromatics of currants and
dark berries married to new French oak and savory earthiness.
Supported by 8% malbec bring spice and pepper notes with
aromatic brightness. Cabernet Sauvignon’s tannic intensity vies
with the voluptuous Merlot for attention in this dynamic wine.
Vintage 2015’s warmth was record breaking, bringing with it small
grapes on small cluster which offered us the highest recorded tannin
and color potential ever. Our entire portfolio holds a volume and
weight that matches our house style of bold, rich and smooth reds
age worthy for decades. Beginning with an early spring for growing,
flowering was in May for the first time. Summer temperatures
were hotter than average and often record breaking. Verasion
beginning in July was a first again. Our well managed blocks
had healthy canopies to develop full ripeness. A hot September
began Merlot harvest followed quickly by Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hand and Pellenc Selective machine-harvested Merlot and Cabernet
fruit was sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters
for punch down mixing. Pressed after two–three weeks of skins
mixing, free run was barreled first and chosen for this wine.
Finishing ferment in cooperage, we aged on lees for body and
savory complexity. Aged for 15 months until blending for bottling
the wine was vibrant and youthful. Egg white fined and filtered for
clarity, this wine will age for over ten years. Age and enjoy with
a host of foods throughout the seasons of many years ahead.
1,040 6 pack cases 750ml
Columbia Valley 100%/100% Conner Lee Vineyard
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 8% Malbec