We decided on a specific block of Cab Franc from Seven Hills for our Rose. The most important thing is making sure the block is farmed specifically for Rose. We are extremely happy with this block and the ideal fruit it produces for our Rose.
We decided to pick this fruit on 9/22. The most important thing in making rose is the acid. We picked based solely on acid to make sure we preserved the crispness for this wine.
Traditionally, Syrah and Viognier grow well in similar areas. We love the Syrah we get from Les Collines and we decided to add the Viognier from the same vineyard. Les Collines is positioned perfectly to grow these two Rhone grapes.
This fruit was harvested on 9/25/2020. That was when the sugar/acid balance was perfect. Drew was sampling this fruit every two days to make sure it was picked at the exact right spot.
The fruit was immediately pressed and went into 3 neutral barrels. These barrels were all treated differently with three different strains of yeast to add complexity to the final product.
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The fruit for this cabernet was sourced from Seven Hills and Cockburn Ranch vineyards. Both these spots are ideal for Cabernet, but since they are on opposite sides of the Walla Walla Valley, they produce two totally different styles of Cabernet.
With such different growing conditions from these two vineyards, our harvest dates were quite different.
Seven Hills - 10/12
Brix 24.2 - pH 3.53 - TA 5.2 g/L
Cockburn - 10/23
Brix 24.6 - pH 3.51 - TA 5.17 g/L
Both these lots of Cabernets were fully destemmed into small 2 ton fermenters. They were inoculated with BM 45 yeast and the caps were punched down three times per day. The fermentation was long and slow and the wine was pressed when the tannin structure was ideal. The wine was then put into barrels, which included 25% new French oak.
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All of these wines were harvested at different times. Syrah is an early ripener whereas Grenache and Mourvedre tend to be later ripeners.
The Grenache and Mourvedre vineyards were picked specifically for this wine. DuggerCreekis ideally suited for ripening Rhone grapes and I love Mourvedre from Rockgardenand The Rocks. We knew we'd have an extra barrel of Les Collines Syrah for this blend, but that specific barrel was hand picked to make sure the balance was perfect.
The Mourvedre was saignee to concentrate colors, flavors, and aromas. There was a 48 hour cold soak to extract more anthocyanins from the skins before innoculation. All three wines were fermented and aged separately and blending happened 3 months before bottling to lets the flavors meld together.
We were able to work with Les Collines all year and secure four rows of great Syrah from Block 31. Four Rows is not a lot, which allowed us to grab some premium fruit.
Les Collines Vineyard with Milky Way
For this Syrah we did two separate harvest dates, 9/24/19 & 10/7/19 to capture different sugar and acid levels. (Learn more about harvest decisions from our Winemaking Videos)
Brix 23.1 - pH 3.52 - TA 5.4 g/L
Brix 24.5 - pH 3.55 - TA 5.0 g/L
This was an extremely fun wine to make and put together. Like already mentioned, we had two separate harvests (1st Pick & 2nd Pick) from our rows. From our 1st pick, we pulled away 400 lbs and sealed that fruit in a fermenter with dry ice (frozen CO2) for Carbonic Maceration. We co-fermented our first pick with 8% Viognier and 400 lbs Whole Cluster for 20% stem.
When we pulled the trigger on our 2nd Pick, 10/7. we brought out that fermenter that had been undergoingCarbonic Macerationand parked the fermenter under our destemmer. We used that Whole Cluster Carbonic Fruit for the stems for our 2nd Pick. This pick was co-fermented with 2% Viognier.
TheCapswere punched three times per day and the wines were pressed when the tannic structure was in line with our style. These were aged in french oak barrels for 14 months.
This Merlot is grown at Winesap Vineyards, which is located in The Rocks District AVA. Merlot down in the Rocks has tremendous potential. Just the right amount of heat to ripen properly, which a touch of earthiness and minerailty.
Winesap Vineyard with grass cover crop
We harvested our lot of fruit on 10/23. This is when the chemistry looked the best and also had physiological ripeness at its peak. With the extremely high pH of merlot from The Rocks I wanted to allow this fruit to get a little more ripe with more potential ending ABV (Learn more from our Winemaking Videos).
Brix 25 - pH 3.95 - TA 4.5 g/L
After the fruit was harvested, it was de-stemmed (but not crushed). It went on to cold soak for 24 hours before inoculation of BM 45 yeast strain. The cap was punched down 3 times per day to break up skins and to gain maximum extraction.
Rich Funk, Owner and Winemaker fromSaviah Cellars, allowed me to purchase a ton of his premium Syrah from his Funk Vineyard, which is located inThe Rocks. Rich makes a wine from this vineyard and it is so sought after it has a 2 year waitlist. We would call this ultra premium fruit.
Funk Vineyard with GDC Trelising
We harvested our ton of fruit on 9/25/19. This is when the chemistry looked the best and also had physiological ripeness at its peak
Brix 24.8 - pH 3.89 - TA 4.5 g/L
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We used 25% whole cluster for stem inclusion. We punched down the cap three times per day, while also mixing in pulse air as a midday cap management technique. The wine was pressed when tannin structure was perfect and put into neutral french barrels.