KAMIAK VINEYARD – Columbia Valley
• COMPOSITION: 100% Malbec
• BARREL PROGRAM: 20 months in 40% new Hungarian oak.
• BOTTLED: August 2015
• pH: 3.59
• TA: 5.9g / 100mL
• ALCOHOL: 13.2%
• PRODUCTION: 80 Cases
The 2013 growing season was one of the hottest on records, right in stride with 1998 and 2003. Hot, 90 degree temperatures came on in early spring, prompting an earlier than average bud break. This hot spell was followed up by welcome spring rains that helped establish healthy canopies early in the season with bloom occurring early in June. Intense heat hung around from late June into mid September when a dramatic shift in weather brought us a nice cool, but dry fall allowing for good hang time.
This wine opens with a nose of brooding fruit, spice and subtle leather. The palate expands with flavors of blackberry, currant and black cherry followed by delicate herbs and savory spice. The body is well-structured with medium acid and well integrated tannin.