2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Petit Verdot
The 2019 Requiem is a blend of grapes from nine sites across the Columbia Valley, and specifically from three AVAs: Red Mountain (50%), Horse Heaven Hills (30%), and Walla Walla (20%). 15% of the overall blend included small lots of supporting varietals - Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Petit Verdot. Each component is vinified separately and then undergoes a series of blending trials, looking for purity of fruit, complexity and outstanding quality that consistantly overperforms.
2019 was a picture-perfect, even growing season in the Columbia Valley with dreamy phenolics until early frosts brought the vintage to a quick halt. Thankfully, we were primarily in before the first, mild frost and all in by the second one. Due to the frost pressure, you will see a higher percentage of warmer sites and earlier ripeners (hey there Merlot and your friend Malbec) in the blend this year. Grapes were leisurely harvested in September and then some quickly the first week of October. Vinification in a combination of wood and stainless steel fermenters followed by elevage in French oak barrels for 20 months in a diverse barrel regimen including François Frères, Sylvain, Taransaud, and Darnajou coopers that included roughly one third each new, second use, and neutral barrels.
TASTING NOTES |
Densely layered and quite substantial in the mouth, this bottling delivers generous blackberry and black currant fruit, wrapped around a vibrant core of acidity which keeps the wine pert and lively on the palate.
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