|Full Cases Produced||13000|
2014 in Eastern Washington was one of the warmest seasons in decades. The ripening period in September cooled to more typical weather for the region. In October temperatures rose again to one of the warmest October months on record. • Overall 2014 was an ideal growing season; ripening was excellent for all varieties in all locations.
Planted in 1973, the south-facing Cold Creek Vineyard is a warm, dry site with high heat accumulation. The low yielding old vines produce small clusters and small berries, resulting in intense varietal flavors and deep color. The site’s weak, loamy sand and gravel soils with low-water holding capacity produce moderate crops and concentrated grapes. Cold Creek Vineyard is LIVE and Salmon Safe certified.
Ripe grapes were destemmed and sorted with a cutting-edge grape receiving and sorting system designed to gently remove any green material from the grapes, allowing for pure varietal expression and soft mouthfeel. Daily gentle pumpovers were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. Frequent aerated racking takes place during barrel aging to soften tannins and enhance mouthfeel.
Aged for 22 months in 47% new French oak, 27% new American oak and 26% neutral oak.
Cabernet from this iconic 45-year-old vineyard consistently delivers power, structure and rich concentrated black fruit. The wine offers black cherry flavors and chocolate notes with typical Cold Creek density and user friendly power.
Foods - beef, hearty pastas, veal
Herbs - cracked black pepper, rosemary