2020 PROPRIETARY BLEND
$65.00 / 750mL | CLUB PRICE $55.25
Every year we are excited to bring in the Minnick Hills Vineyard fruit in Walla Walla Valley and delight in taking each separate varietal and creating a beautiful Bordeaux Blend. Year after year, each varietal character develops unlike the other and this year was no different. It is truly a skilled craft to achieve the perfect amounts of each varietal blended together to create such an elegant wine. We love what Walla Walla Valley has to offer and this wine is a true testament to our home region.
The 2020 vintage displays a medium-dark hue and a surprising amount of color gradation at the edges. The nose exhibits a fresh vitality, teetering between playful and handsome, but never reticent. Immediate impressions between nose and palate signify hints of anise, carob, and cinnamon evolving into nuances of melted caramel, cocoa powder, and, eventually, strawberry leaf. Fine grain tannins show the amazing integration from bringing these five varietals together. Enjoy with a roast leg of lamb to keep your mouth watering with every taste.
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyards: Minnick Hills
Composition: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 16% Cabernet Franc,
16% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot
Aging: 17 months in 33% new French oak, 67% neutral French oak
pH: 3.65 | TA: 5.30 g/L | Alcohol: 14.4%
MINNICK HILLS VINEYARD
The south-facing slope, at 1150 ft elevation, is higher than most vineyards in Walla Walla, and perfectly suited to soaking up the warm sun while simultaneously drawing a welcoming breeze that creates good air circulation through the vines. The soils are a sought-after combination of Mt. Mazama volcanic ash content, with windblown loess; this provides deep, extremely well-drained soils. The good drainage means we don’t have to worry so much about early frost and this allows for longer hang-time in the fall, giving the grapes time to fully ripen. The vines here are healthy and vigorous; important so that the full canopy can protect the grapes from the scalding Eastern Washington sun, again allowing for slow, even ripening.