Vintage Specific Characteristics:
The 2011 vintage was substantially smaller due to winter injury in several key vineyards. Still we achieved beautifully mature fruit through shoot thinning, leaf stripping and improved viticultural practices. The fact that the crop was smaller helped make this possible.
Grapes were harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. This Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and was punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in French Chateaux barrels has produced a well proportioned, complex and generous red wine. Of our own doing, we have chosen to back off the use of as much new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older allowing them to express typicity and a more distinct sense of place.
Production Notes and General Characteristics:
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from some of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.
This wine has an enticingly complex nose of baking spice, ripe olive and thyme integrated beautifully with aromas of black fruits and cassis. In the mouth the wine is firm but rich showing notes of pepper, herb and berries. Integrated tannins enhance the texture and give proportion; the finish is complex, generous, and long. While this wine can be enjoyed now it will benefit greatly from additional cellaring and, with proper storage, should develop for ten years or more.