This wine is dark purple and dense in the glass. Aromas of graphite, blueberry, and fall spices develop with a rich concentration of ripe black fruits and dark chocolate. On the palette, new French oak integrates with black plum that gives way to savory tomato. 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. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for fifteen years or more. Store and serve at cellar temperature.
Sagemoor Vineyard (62%): 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 (30%): 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 (8%): 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.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine will pair beautifully with wagyu steak, pepper-crusted ahi tuna, and high-quality gorgonzola.