Elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dried herbs and hints of pepper. The supple texture is complemented by flavors of cedar and dark fruits.
Blend: 89% Syrah, 7% Viognier, 2% Merlot, 2% Malbec
Total Acidity 0.54 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 60% French & 40% American oak
Fermentaion: 6-10 days on the skins
Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled into a more typical weather pattern.
Summer was predictably warm though without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit.
Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October.
A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.
Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the red wines are flavorful and rich with ripe tannins.
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.