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Tasting Notes

“Dark berries, bramble, and cola on the nose give way to a background of sandalwood and vanilla bean when swirled in the glass. A nice blend of red and black fruits play well with cocoa and black tea on the palate. Polished tannins and well-balanced acidity leave a lasting finish that intrigues.” - Bryan Otis, Proprietor

Varietal Composition

35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Vinification

Fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel tanks. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

Alcohol

14.6%

Cases Produced

4,924

Drinkability

Now - 2032

Awards & Accolades

"This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (35%), Merlot (34%) and Cabernet Franc (27%), along with bits of Petit Verdot and Malbec. With fruit coming from Horse Heaven Hills, White Bluffs, Wahluke Slope and Royal Slope, appealing aromas of green pepper, herb and fresh black fruit lead to ripe, polished, pure, decadent black-fruit flavors. It shows a lot of intensity and richness. Chocolate notes linger on the very long finish. It’s flat-out delicious and an outrageous value to boot."

-93 points, Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast

AVAs

Horse Heaven Hills

Map Horse Heaven Hills 3 2
Designated: 2005Vineyards: 17,082 acres (6,912 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon BlancAverage Annual Precipitation: 9 inchesSoil: wind-blown sand, loess, Missoula Flood sediment, basalt bedrockAverage Vine Age: 25yrs
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Royal Slope

Designated: 2020Vineyards: 1,900 acres (768 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon BlancAverage Annual Precipitation: 6-8 inchesSoil: Sandy loam, soilAverage Vine Age: 14yrs

Red Mountain

Designated: 2001Vineyards: 2,382 acres (963 hectares)Top Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet FrancAverage Annual Precipitation: 5 inchesSoil: Silt, sand, volcanic basaltAverage vine age: 22yrs

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