Aromas of vanilla bean, coffee bean, and dark cherries lead to a medium-bodied palate accented by dark chocolate covered pomegranate. The supple finish offers silky tannins with hints of dark chocolate and spice.
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2.5% Syrah, 2.5% Merlot
Total Acidity 0.54 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 1/3 new oak for 16 months
Fermentaion: 6-10 days on skins
A perfect ripening season with full crop yields and restrained sugar levels led to outstanding wines from Washington state’s vineyards in 2008.
Harvest began 10 days later than normal due to cool spring weather and a moderate summer.
Hot weather in August provided ideal ripening conditions for grapes across all varietals and harvest was quickly ramped up in order to obtain fruit at the optimum ripeness.
Every aspect of the winemaking process is carefully controlled during the production of Grand Estates. These uncompromising winemaking practices – while time-consuming and costly – are the only way to guarantee that every bottle of Grand Estates represents the varietal expression of the region. It’s this devotion to quality that has cemented Grand Estates as one of the world’s best wine values.