2020 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary sourcing has always come from some of the oldest cabernet blocks and the most highly acclaimed sites in the state. The 1987 vintage was the first Washington wine to be on Wine Spectator’s Top 10 list. This is a full-bodied cabernet and will typically age well with proper cellar conditions, 15+ years from vintage.
100% New French Barrels, 22 months
June 7, 2022
This wine is dark purple and dense in the glass. Aromas of cocoa, black currant, and anise develop with a rich concentration of ripe black fruits and molasses. New French oak integrates the fruit, acid, and alcohol creating a nice weight, texture, and overall mouthfeel. The smooth but firm tannins leave you with a seamlessly rich and long finish. The wine expresses the purity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. Store and serve at cellar temperature.
Sagemoor Vineyard (63%): Founded in 1968, Sagemoor Vineyards was a pioneering effort that helped establish the Washington State wine industry. Its early vineyards are among the oldest plantings of vinifera grapes in the state. Rick began using Sagemoor fruit in his home winemaking days, and we continue to use it today. A significant number of 1972 plantings are still producing our Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from specific rows in Blocks 3 and 9. Quincy loamy fine sand, Sagehill very fine sandy loam, 2-10% slope. 572ft elevation. Weinbau Vineyard (31%): Weinbau has a view of the Rattlesnake Mountains to the south, and the Saddle Mountains to the north. The land slopes gently south, with elevation ranging from 710-950 feet. Weinbau is a warm site with excellent air drainage, and the soil is dominated by Kennewick silt loam with a 2-5% slope. The consistency of soil type shows up in vine growth and subsequently in the wines. Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (6%): Planted in 1977, Woodward Canyon is the westernmost vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, roughly 15 miles west of Walla Walla, Washington. There are 41 vineyard acres planted and several more acres of green belts that support native species such as western juniper, ponderosa pine, western sagebrush, arrowleaf balsamroot, and perennial wildflowers. Ritzville silt loam over fractured basalt, slope 15-18%, 750 -850ft elevation. Managed by Woodward Canyon. All grapes are Salmon Safe certified.
100% New French Barrels, 20 months
Food Pairing Notes
This wine will pair beautifully with beef short ribs, filet mignon, and dark chocolate cake.
Case Production: 733 cases
Varietal Composition: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec