Valley Terroir 2010

Cellar door price:$22

Stats

Appellation:
Yakima Valley Valley


Blend:
Merlot 53%

Cabernet Sauvignon 23%

Malbec 19%

Cabernet Franc 5%


Monthes in Barrel:
32

Barrel Type:
French

Cases Produced:
209

Bottling date:
September 1, 2013

Alc.:
13.9%

Total Acid:
0.58g/cl

pH:
3.65

AVG Sugar at Harvest:
24.5 brix

Valley Terroir Label

Wine making is a combination of science art and federal regulations. I find blending to be more interesting when I abandon the 75% federal rule for varietal wines, and let whimsy take me where it will.
Washington State's first AVA was the Yakima Valley. In many ways the grapes from the valley are what put Washington on the world wine map. In local industry speak it is simply referred to as "Valley Fruit". This is an artful blend of four grape varieties which captures the unique terroir of the valley.
The wine sparkles with bright, ruby color. The nose, ripe and forward, is an aromatic blend of violets, cassis, and black cherry. A complex palate starts with cassis, then warming to plumy cherry and blueberry fruit. The finish continues the interplay of the fruit and terroir, framed in by notes of toasted almonds and vanilla bean. A wine that boasts of tremendous balance and attentive winemaking.