Members are granted exclusive access to our limited production wines, receive invitations to winery events, and enjoy savings on wine purchases throughout the year. We are pleased to present our November wine club shipment wines.
This was a classic vintage for Washington, and great wines were made from every varietal and AVA. Early spring was cool, but with a warm May the vines caught up and bloom went very well. July and August were quite warm, moving the growing season along rapidly to a cooler autumn and a long ripening period. The fruit showed excellent intensity of color, structure and flavor. 2018 was an overall classic, age-worthy vintage for red and white Bordeaux varieties and Rhône wines.
2018 SHW Founding Vineyard Merlot
Walla Walla Valley
The Walla Walla Valley has become an oasis for Merlot, offering a unique environment that reliably turns out fruit that’s teeming with elegance, structure, and personality. The resulting wines not only demonstrate an intriguing element of discovery but solidify our beloved home turf as a premiere New World appellation for Merlot.
This vintage arrives in the glass as a gorgeous hue of dark garnet. An expansive mix of blackberry, dark chocolate, raspberry, pie crust, vanilla bean and tobacco greets the nose. On the palate, there’s ample grace and complexity in the form of an even mouthfeel and notes of cherry and blackberry. The tannins are dusty and subtly sweet, providing the backbone for a layered body, medium in weight. The lengthy finish is accented by touches of brown sugar cocoa powder and vanilla. Ever-drinkable upon release, the wine will improve markedly over the next few years and will cellar beautifully for a decade.
2018 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Wine
Planted in 1975, Ciel du Cheval is rooted in the core of the esteemed Red Mountain AVA. This wine reflects the power, elegance and ageability inherent to the storied appellation, a site that offers a distinct contrast to the Walla Walla AVA.
Pouring a dark garnet hue that’s become synonymous with the 2018 vintage, this wine offers an ideal marriage of dried fruit and spice. An alluring aromatic profile is rounded out by wild strawberry, cardamom, sage and a hint of leather. Rustic and well-integrated tannins support a palate of ripe black cherry, tobacco leaf and dried herbs. Touting tremendous texture and a supple build upon release, this wine will only improve over the next several years. Cellar up to 15 years.
2018 Pentad Red Wine
Walla Walla Valley
Pentad is a wine of rich character, unrivaled balance and evolving complexity—a celebration of our greatest winemaking feats. The wine is not only assembled from some of the most acclaimed vineyard rows in the Walla Walla Valley, it’s only made in select vintages; years that put the utter excellence of the appellation on a pedestal. A selection of the best barrels in the cellar, Pentad is a seamless blend of five signature Bordeaux varietals and a wine we proudly describe as our Premier Cru.
Radiant with its garnet red tone, this wine blooms from the glass with a fragrance equal parts fruit-driven and savory. Black fruit, raspberry, dark chocolate, fig and baking spices fill out a bountiful aromatic bill. Vivid flavors like cherry, blue fruit and tobacco greet the palate, woven neatly together to create elegant structure and remarkable depth. Flickering notes of cocoa, mineral and herbs lead to a majestic and rounded finish that fades patiently and elegantly. Refined notes of fruit leather, dried earth, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean join the closing scene of this complex wine.
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