Walla Walla Valley
Appelation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyards: 56% Les Collines Vineyard (Walla Walla Valley), 35% Pepper Bridge, (Walla Walla Valley) & 9% Alder Ridge Vineyard (Columbia Valley)
Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 36% Merlot; and 9% Cabernet Franc
Oak Program: 19 Months in 91% French; 9% American oak; (70% New barrels)
Harvested: October 26, 2009
Bottled: May 17, 2011
Brix: 24.8 Brix
Ph: 0.64 g/100ml
Production: 136 cases
The winter in 2008/2009 was warm and dry in the Walla Walla Valley, resulting in a mid April bud break for the wine grapes. The warm spring encouraged growth and a perfect berry set. Summer was very hot, resulting in an early harvest with fruit that was high in sugar (24.8 Brix) and contained an excellent acid balance of 0.62 g/100ml after fermentation. The intense status of the fruit promises a spectacular future for this 2008 vintage Bordeaux style blend wine, Treaty.
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 89°F for 11 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 French oak barrels for nineteen months. The wine received a total of four rackings and was not filtered prior to bottling.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Fort Walla Walla Cellar’s 2009 Treaty is full-bodied and nicely balanced. Layers of spicy smooth berry, cherry and bittersweet blackberry flavored fruit provides a wonderful aroma! The wine is full bodied, with smooth tannins that complement the fruit. Hints of vanilla and soft mocha provide a lingering silky finish.