• The 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.
• Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity.
• Grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, including the Horse Heaven Hills.
• The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing 7-10 day fermentations.
• Merlot and other varieties were blended in to build structure and complexity.
• The wine was aged for several months in a combination of American and French oak barrels to soften and round the blend.
“The 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, coffee and subtle hints of spice. These flavors are complemented by a touch of spicy oak and emphasized by refined tannins.” - Keith Kenison, Winemaker
79% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% other select varieties
Total Acidity: 0.53 g/100ml