The wine is inky black and coats the glass. On the nose is an assortment of red and black fruits intermixed with fennel and a hint of white pepper. Full bodied on the palate, it has great presence and balance throughout with just a hint of sweetness up front. The acid does a great job supporting the wine, without overwhelming it. Drink now through 2021.
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Vineyard: 100% Chukar
Assemblage: 100% Malbec
Vinification: Fruit for this blend was destemmed, and lightly crushed, into 1 ton fermentation bins. The must contained approximately 25% whole berries. The must had a pre fermentation maceration of about 72 hours at 50° F. During fermentation, extraction was achieved via hand punchdowns and pump over with macro aeration, several times daily. The wine fermented dry on the skins and was immediately pressed and transferred to barrel.
Aging: The wines were aged in barrel for 17 months. 43% were new French oak and 57% were neutral French oak. The wines were racked three times in the cellar. All individual wine components, including new oak barrels, were kept separate until final blending. The wine was bottled on May 1, 2015.
Alcohol – 14.9% | TA – 6.5 g/L | pH – 3.74
489 cases produced