• The 2015 vintage was one of the warmest growing seasons on record in Washington.
• Warm temperatures continued through the spring and summer, moderating slightly into fall and extending an early harvest.
• Overall, 2015 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing optimal ripening across varieties and yielding outstanding wines throughout the region.
• Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested from vineyards located on the Horse Heaven Hills (which contributes texture and body) and the Wahluke Slope (for aromatics and complexity).
• Columbia Valley vineyards are seated in Eastern Washington. This region is mostly dry with less precipitation due to the rain shadow effect from the surrounding Cascade Mountain range.
• Vineyards are 100% drip irrigation. This, combined with the low water-holding capacity of the soil, allow for precise control of the vines.
• Vines are planted on south-facing slopes that provide excellent sun exposure for grape ripening, and protection from cold airflow during the winter months.
• Grapes were crushed and then fermented 6-10 days on the skins.
• Malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. Blending occurred immediately after fermentation.
• The wine aged predominately in oak barrels, half new and half older American and French, for over 6 months.
This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. This wine pairs well with beef tenderloin or hearty pasta. - JUAN MUÑOZ OCA, WINEMAKER
BLEND: Over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc
TOTAL ACIDITY: 0.53 g/100mL
Dark and subtly smoky with aromas of warm blackberry, creme de cacao, bacon fat, and candied orange peel. Fresh and creamy reminiscent of strawberry yogurt with a balanced touch of pepper to give it structure. - Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 Points