2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard : Red Mountain
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is one of the premier vineyards in Washington State. Located in the AVA of Red Mountain, it is blessed with warm days and cool nights that ensure mature ripe flavors will dominate. For this vintage we are continuing our trend toward Cabernet dominant blends of earlier years. The richness of the dark berry flavors that marry with the bold structure of tannin is typical of Ciel and Red Mountain. 57% new French oak contributes subtle caramel and vanilla components and assists in structuring the wine for considerable age in the cellar. We thank Jim Holmes and Ryan Johnson for their fine fruit during a wonderful vintage.
Bottled on 7/27/14; 175 cases were produced; Alcohol: 14.72%; pH 3.56, TA 5.84 g/L.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
36% Merlot (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
14% Cabernet Franc (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
Barrels: This wine was aged for 22 months Export style barrels of 66% new French oak from Alain Fouquet and Tonnellerie Vernou and the balance seasoned French oak from Ton. de Jarnac and Vernou.