2016 Sugarloaf Red Wine

Appellation

Yakima Valley

Vineyards

Sugarloaf Vineyard
Grown using the Gobelet method, an ancient vine training technique that requires no trellising and results in bushy, goblet-shaped growth. Common in the Rhône region of southern France.

Fermentation

All four varietals were destemmed and co-fermented in a small open top stainless steel fermenter. The cap was gently punched down by hand three times per day.

Aging

10 months in neutral French oak puncheons

Tasting Notes

A rare style of wine to find in Washington State, inspired by old-world methods of winemaking and winegrowing, this wine is elegant, supple, and exciting. The grapes were all harvested the same day and co-fermented to craft this southern Rhone-Style wine. This unique field blend yields enticing aromas of strawberry, wildflowers, cherry cordial, white pepper, and red currant. A very smooth mouthfeel supports complex flavors of ripe berries, orange rind, and rhubarb pie. A hint of spice and vibrant acidity lead to a long finish. Enjoy!

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