Walla Walla Valley
Appelation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyards: 83% Les Collines Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley), 9% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Columbia Valley), 4% Stone Tree Vineyard (Columbia Valley), 4% Lonesome Springs Vineyard (Columbia Valley)
Blend: 66% Cab. Sauv. 14% Merlot; 9% Cabernet Franc; 6% Malbec; & 5% Petit Verdot
Oak Program: 19 Months in 62% French; 38 % American; (80% New barrels)
Harvested: October 27, 2009
Bottled: May 17, 2011
Brix: 25.6 Brix
Acidity: pH 0.61 g/100ml
The winter in 2008/2009 was warm and dry in the Walla Walla Valley, resulting in a mid-May bud break. The warm spring encouraged growth and a perfect berry set. Summer was hot, resulting in a harvest with fruit that was high in sugar (25.6 Brix) and contained an excellent acid balance of 0.63 g/100ml after fermentation. The healthy and intense status of the fruit promises a spectacular future for this 2009 vintage Bordeaux style wine.
The carefully selected grapes were hand- picked and gently de-stemmed and crushed prior to fermentation. The grapes were fermented at an average must temperature of 86°F for 12 days. At dryness, the grape must was lightly pressed into a settling tank where malolatic bacteria was introduced. Malolatic fermentation was completed after the wine was placed in 225 liter oak barrels for nineteen months. The wine received a total of four rackings and was not filtered prior to bottling.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Smooth and velvety with dark current fruit scented with sweet spice and chocolate aromas! The 2009 Reserve is full-bodied, yet it contains soft tannins with a hint of vanilla that provides a silky finish. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc; Malbec and Petit Verdot provides a wine with intriguing complexity. Drink through 2018.