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2015 Tall Sage Red Wine Blend
2015 vintage is one of the hottest growing seasons on record. The warmth began early in the growing season and continued uninterrupted with almost of two weeks of temperatures in the high 90s or 100s. The consistent warmth allowed sugar to develop quickly in many varieties. By mid-September, the heat began to moderate with perfect cooler temperatures prevailing for the remainder of the season. The result was a well-paced, balanced maturation of flavors for the remainder of the harvest. Vineyard canopies were carefully managed to protect grapes from the extreme heat and sun. De-leafing and deficit irrigation was moderated during this vintage to allow the vines to cope with the hot season.
The fruit for this wine was carefully sourced from some of our favorite Cabernet Sauvignon blocks of the estate. The warm vintage allowed for long hang time in the vineyard and tremendous flavor development in the grapes without over-ripening and loss of varietal character. During fermentation, the wine was pumped over twice daily until a balance of color, structure, and flavor extraction had been achieved. Malolactic fermentation completed on oak, smoothing and softening the wine. Portions of the blend were allowed to mature and develop in barrels for 8 months while others aged in stainless steel to respect their intense fruit character. The final blend was created as an authentic expression of the Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and the depth that can be found in Washington wines.
Our 2015 Red Wine Blend opens with expressive aromas of savory herbs, pepper, and red fruits. Rich, concentrated, and dark, the wine’s mouthfeel shows flavors of fresh raspberry and cured meats over a lively, textured structure. The wine’s finish lingers with layers of spice, minerality, and dried fruits.