ESTATE GROWN — Kamiak Vineyard
• COMPOSITION: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
• OAK PROGRAM: 18 months in 35% New French and American Oak
• pH: 3.69
• TA: 6.6 g/L
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• PRODUCTION: 5,500 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 big, bold Cab emerges from the glass with enticing aromas of anise, black currant, Marionberry and dark chocolate. To the palate, the wine is firm and concentrated with robust flavors of leather, raspberry and chocolate. The finish is long with refined tannins and a lingering hint of dried fig, and pipe tobacco.