2016 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 we return to a Cab Sauv dominant blend with significant contributions from Cab Franc and Merlot. The rich, dark berry flavors marry with the bold tannin structure typical of Ciel and Red Mountain. 33% new French oak contributes subtle caramel and vanilla components and assists in structuring the wine for considerable age in the cellar. We thank the Holmes family for raising this fine fruit during a wonderful season. Bottled 8/4/18; 150 cases produced; Alcohol: 14.95%; pH 3.68, TA 6.08 g/L.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
33% Cabernet Franc (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
17% Merlot (Ciel du Cheval Vineyard)
Barrels: This wine was aged 22 months Export-style barrels of 33% new French oak from AB Selections,17% once used French oak by Alain Fouquet, and the balance seasoned barrels from Ton. Doreau, de Jarnac, and Ton. Vernou.