Best of Class 2019 Sommelier Challenge, 93pts.
Bursting with dark blackberry and toasted plums. The flavors follow with oak and toasty notes.
Barbera fruit, cola notes mixed with new oak tones. The flavors start light and build to a round mid palate and long finish. The oak tannins and acidity mix perfectly to give a smooth sensation. Dried fruits, chocolate powder, and oak. Great BBQ wine.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard
2016 was a warm vintage in Washington State. It was a wet spring which got things growing. The sun was out and shining through Summer, but temperatures never got over 100 degrees, maybe once. There was some smoke in the air but instead of causing problems it helped mitigate some of the heat. Because the season was very warm without extreme highs the grapes ripened without being stressed. The wines from this vintage are showing great promise.
Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Grower Degree Days: 3262
Precipitation: 7.1 inches
Pick Date: September 20st, 2016
Barbera is another fun varietal to work with at Coyote Canyon. Since we use it for our Rosé, I get to pick this grape twice each vintage. It is fun to see how the timing and treatment create individual wines while also looking at some of the similarities between the two.
The grapes were handpicked and fermented in two vessels, each with a different yeast. They were then aged in French Oak barrels for 20 months. I continue to enjoy the way a little Merlot blends with this wine. For me it helps round out the wine and adds a little more complexity.
Burger with sauteed mushrooms and blue cheese sauce.
Best of Class 2019 Sommelier Awards, 93pts. Gold 2019 Seattle Wine Awards.
||Horse Heaven Hills
||French and American Oak
||Aug. 24, 2018