2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla Valley
Appelation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyards: 100% Les Collines Vineyard
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 15% Merlot.
Oak Program: 19 Months in 45% French; 50% American; and 5% Eastern European oak barrels. (45% new oak).
Harvested: October 26, 2008
Bottled: May 17, 2010
Brix: 24.9 Brix
Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
Production: 473 cases
The winter in 2007/2008 was warm and dry in the Walla Walla Valley, resulting in a mid April bud break. The warm spring encouraged growth and a perfect berry set. Summer was very hot, resulting in a harvest with fruit that was high in sugar (24.9 Brix) and contained an excellent acid balance of 0.62 g/100ml after fermentation. The savory fruit promises a wonderful future for this 2008 Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
The carefully selected hand picked grapes from the two Walla Walla Vineyards were gently de-stemmed and crushed. The grapes were then fermented in small ½ ton open topped fermentation bins at an average must temperature of 89 °F for 10 days. Multiple yeasts were used at fermentation for added wine complexity. The grape must cap was punched down by hand several times a day. At dryness, the grape must was lightly pressed into a settling tank for sediment settling. Next the wine was put directly into oak barrels where malolatic fermentation was completed. The wine received a total of 4 rackings during the nineteen months of barrel aging and was not filtered prior to bottling.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Fort Walla Walla Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and well balanced! The wine is elegant with savory plum and currant fruit. A wine with rich aromas of coffee, chocolate mocha, and a hint of vanilla. This is a wine with soft tannins that provides a soft and lovely finish. The cooperage complements but doesn't overwhelm the fruit. An outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon for anyone's cellar!