ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• pH: 3.62
• TA: 0.62%
• ALCOHOL: 13.5%
• PRODUCTION: 2,014 Cases (750ml)


Vintage

The 1997 growing season offered near ideal conditions, with a slightly warmer than average growing season and a long, mild fall. Our vineyard, located on a warm site along the Snake River, particularly benefited from this warm weather and produced extremely high quality red grapes in 1997. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from our estate vineyard on October 10 and 12.


Winemaking

We pressed our various lots after an eight to ten day maceration and racked the resulting wine to barrels. The wine was left in half French and half American barrels for eight months, then racked to 100% French oak for the last twelve months of aging. The French oak helps refine and adds elegance to the wine while the American oak adds spiciness. After aging, we tried blending different amounts of Merlot and determined an 8% addition would elevate our Cabernet Sauvignon to the level of complexity and spiciness desired.


Winemaker Comments

Lively nose with red currant, mint, and chocolate. The mouth is big and ripe, bursting with fruit and gently underlined by oak and spice. Our 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon is very focused and layered, offering a nice toasty aftertaste.