ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley
• COMPOSITION: 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
• AGING: 22 months in barrel with 40% new French oak
• pH: 3.64
• TA: 6.1g / 100mL
• ALCOHOL: 13.2%
• PRODUCTION: 438 Cases, bottled August 2015
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 ear-lier 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. In-tense 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.
The key to Tradition has always been blending–selecting unique expressions from our vineyard that, when combined, create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Our 2013 Tradition is no exception, After 12 months of individual aging, the finest and most expressive barrels are then chosen and blended and returned barrel for further matura-tion. The finished wine is bottled about 22 months from the date it was harvested.
The 2013 Tradition delivers dark fruit on the nose, reminiscent of black cher-ry, blackberry with a touch of leather, coco bean and roasted coffee. On the palate this wine radiates, dark cherries, cassis and plumb followed by hints of mocha, savory herbs and graph-ite. This wine is nicely structured yet with well integrated tannins.