The fruit for this cabernet was sourced from Seven Hills and McClellan 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.
McClellan - 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.
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 10/15. 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.
For this wine we decided on specific rows in one of Washington's Best Vineyards. Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain is a terrific site, especially for late ripening grapes such as Mourvèdre. We love the sandy soil, aspect on the vineyard, and ultimatley the heat that this vineyard receives.
Mourvèdre is a late ripener and needs a lot of heat to get fully ripe. Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain provides a great spot for this grape. Our fruit was picked on 10/16 based solely on acid levels.
TA 5.2 g/L
Typical Mourvèdre doesn't have near the tannin structure as some if its Bordeaux counterparts. This Mourvèdre from Red Mountain is a little different so, we left the skins in contact for an extended time to extract more flavor, color, and backbone. This was then pressed and put into neutral puncheons for aging. The wine was never racked and then bottled as a single varietal.
90 points - International Wine Report
Max Q Reserve
This wine is not currently available for sale. It is a Waitlist Only wine. This wine comes out each February in 3 bottle increments. If you are a current Wine Club Member, your discount and shipping rates will be applied to this release.
The 100% Rocks AVA Blend is extremely sought after.
-50% Funk Cabernet Sauvignon
-25% Winesap Merlot
-25% River Rock Syrah
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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. Riviere Galet is ideally suited for ripening Rhone grapes and I love Mourvedre from Ciel du Cheval. 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.
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 9/13/2021. 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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