ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 6% Syrah
• AGING: 36 months in French & American Oak
• pH: 3.7578g / L
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• PRODUCTION: 500 cases


Vintage

2001 started with a mild and short winter, resulting in no vine damage. Spring, although a little cooler than average, led to a complete flowering. The absence of rain made for a beautiful fruit set. Summer temperatures were average and rainfall was below average, resulting in very even and predictable ripening. September was warmer than average. This short blast of heat made for great structure, complex flavors and ripeness.


Winemaking

After picking, the Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon was gently crushed into stainless steel fermenters. The skins and juice were allowed to “cold soak” for a number of days prior to the addition of cultured yeast. This process creates darker colors and enhances the ripeness of flavors. After fermentation was completed, the finished wine was drawn off and the skins were pressed. 100% of the vintage was aged in small oak barrels, the majority being from French forests, for 18 months. Gentle racking of the barrels allowed for the removal of solids without filtration. At this time 42% of Gordon Brothers Estate Grown Merlot and 6% Syrah were added to create the Tradition blend after which the wine went back into the barrel for an additional 18 months of aging.


Winemaker Comments

A complex blend, skillfully woven together in a tapestry of subtle flavors unveiled in layers of dark cherry, black berry and coffee accompanied with smooth tannins and a silk toasty finish. This wine will pair well with grilled steak or wild game.