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“Several vineyard sources add layers of flavor and texture to this blend. You’ll find aromas of dried cherries and vanilla followed by a burst of marionberry in the mouth and a smooth dense texture. Open a bottle and appreciate how the flavors evolve through the evening.”
—Melanie Krause, Winemaker
The 2014 vintage in the Snake River Valley was strong for both red and white wines. From the perspective of the winemaker, it was about as close to a perfect year as you can get! There were plenty of warm days in mid-summer to ripen the grapes, but also a long, cool fall allowed for flavors to develop ahead of sugars. The growing season presented close to long-term averages with budbreak in mid-April, gradual warming in May and June, hot temperatures (90’s) in July and August, then cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October.
Aromas of berry cobbler, vanilla, clove and black pepper greet you, while flavors of black cherry and red currant fill your mouth. Rich tannins and a lingering finish tell you that this wine will age very, very well!
Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day. 10% of batches native yeast fermentation. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 20 months of barrel aging in barrels of French and Hungarian origin, 40% new oak. Bottled unfiltered in June 2015.
Symms and Sawtooth
Pairs great with a variety of meats and game, salmon and trout. Some of our favorites: Pork loin with raisin compote or slow braised buffalo short ribs.
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