Our 2008 vintage got off to a cold start with April setting record low
temperatures. This unusually cold spring resulted in a 2 week delay in
bud break (when the leaves begin to emerge). Once spring released its
icy grip, normal Columbia Valley summertime temperatures ensued with
average daytime highs in the mid to upper 80's and lows in the 50's.
This weather pattern continued through September. The overall growing
season was cloudier than 2007 but this seemed to have little impact on
the development of the grapes. Harvest of the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
began on the 9th of October and finished on the 23rd of October.
Aromas of graphite, cedar and raspberry bush gently rise from the glass.
A second smell reveals deeper notes of ripe fruit and coffee/mocha. The
wine's entry is firm but luscious as the wine spreads out over the
entire palate. Soft tannins coat the tongue and flavors of cherry and
cranberry mix with toasted oak and hints of vanilla. The finish is
lingering but crisp inviting another sip. With soft tannins and vibrant
acid this wine calls out for cheese of the triple cream variety. Enjoy!