2014 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Vintage Red Wine, Red Mountain
We have produced this red wine for 15 vintages from the famed Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on the Red Mountain, one of the oldest and most sought after vineyards in the Northwest. Each varietal was picked and vinified separately, though blended very early during the winter succeeding harvest. The wine goes back to barrel for an additional year and half before bottling. We believe that this early assemblage allows the wine to be a more singular expression of the vineyard site.
The wine is a deep red color. The nose is heavy and brooding, displaying fresh berry with hints of dust and spice. The palate is full and opulent, with substantial dusty, chewy tannins well balanced with rich flavors of dark cherry, plums, and creamy oak. It is impressive now, will improve in the first few years of cellaring, aging gracefully for at least ten years.