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Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-MalbecBuy Now »
“This wine represents a history of Idaho vineyards in a glass. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from vineyards planted in the 1970’s in the first wave of post-prohibition planting in Idaho. The 95% survival rate of these vines shows the longevity potential of the vineyards here. The Merlot came in the second wave of plantings in the 90’s, and Malbec is a bright newcomer to the scene. I love the intensity of fruit aromas and flavors of this blend, with nuances that keep unfolding long after you’ve swallowed.”
—Melanie Krause, Winemaker
The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho’s second hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 3400. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Mother Nature threw us a curve ball of conditions with a 2014 November freeze and cold weather during budbreak in April, leading to a small yield. The growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes over 100 F in June. July and August were relatively tame before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!
Warm sandalwood and cocoa aromas are followed by dark cherry notes mixed with cinnamon and clove. The finish is rich and long.
Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 3 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, Hungarian, and American origin, 30% new oak. Bottled unfiltered in June 2017.
Symms, Sawtooth, Kamiak
Lets try this with your favorite pork dish and make sure there’s a fruit compote on board for the ride- or you could open a bottle with some baked brie or port truffles. Whatever you choose, enjoy the layers of flavor!
When to Drink
During the first year, decant for an hour and then enjoy. While fresh and ripe early in its life, this wine will continue to evolve beautifully over the next 5-25 years.
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