Dark and rich with a silky palate and flavors of fresh raspberries and salted dark chocolate, this Cabernet Franc-based red wine is a great option to pair with grilled meats and vegetables.
Blend: 64% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Other Red Varietals
Total Acidity 0.53 g/100 mL
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Barrel Aging: Aging occurred for 7 months in 60% new oak and 40% older barrels, both French and American.
Fermentaion: Grapes were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks.
2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance.
The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State (August 15-November 15).
Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.
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.