2015 :Nota Bene Ciel du Cheval Vineyard : Red Mountain
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a premier vineyard in Washington State. Located in the Red Mountain AVA, it is blessed with warm days and cool nights that ensure dominant, mature, ripe flavors. This vintage offers a new focus on Cabernet Franc and Merlot with Cab Sauv in the background. The rich, dark berry flavors marry with the bold tannin structure typical of Ciel and Red Mountain. 80% new French oak contributes subtle caramel and vanilla components and assists in structuring the wine for considerable age in the cellar. We thank vineyard owner Jim Holmes for his fine fruit during a wonderful vintage. Bottled 7/29/17; 125 cases produced; Alcohol: 14.95%; pH 3.73, TA 6.14 g/L.
40% Cabernet Franc (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
40% Merlot (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
20% Cabernet Sauvignon (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
Barrels: This wine was aged 22 months Export-style barrels of 66% new French oak from Alain Fouquet and Ton. Doreau, the balance seasoned French oak from Ton. Doreau and Saury.