This 2011 Washington State “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes that were planted in the early 1970’s. In October, cabernet sauvignon grapes were harvested by hand from Champoux Vineyard (46%) and Sagemoor Vineyard (40%), located on two very distinct benches above the Columbia River. The petit verdot and syrah were harvested from Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard (14%). I believe this 2011 “Old Vines” to be the finest we’ve produced in over a decade.
The wine was fermented in 2000 liter stainless steel tanks and was punched down two times per day. Average fermentation was between seven and ten days. After pressing and racking, the various lots were moved to new French barrels for aging and maturation. In late summer of 2013 the wine was racked from barrel, assembled and bottled mid-August. I am extremely pleased that we have bottled over 460 cases of “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon.
This “Old Vines” Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and complex yet shows the sophistication, balance and structure that come from decades of working with the same fabulous vineyards. Can I say sense of place? It expresses the purity and typicity of fully mature cabernet sauvignon that can only be achieved from old vine fruit. The color is dark purple and the aromas are of earth, spice, black fruits, leather and mocha. Flavors of black fruits and cassis blend beautifully with the exotic spice of new oak. The texture is soft but firm with beautifully integrated tannins offering a rich, lingering finish. With proper storage this wine should easily age for twelve years or more.