Each year we select the best Merlot and Cabernet Franc fruit and dedicate it to our Inspired blend. In 2014, Merlot from Wallula, Gamache and Double Canyon was chosen for this high-tier cuvée. The Cabernet Franc for this particular vintage was grown at Les Collines Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.
Our philosophy with this wine is to let the grapes speak for themselves and to respect the fruit and the distinctive terroir where it is grown. All fruit was hand-picked, sorted and handled with extra care in the cellar. Extended maceration and slow, lengthy fermentations paved the way for 20 months of barrel aging in French and American oak. After this period, only the most expressive and complex lots were chosen for this blend.
The fragrant nose presents beautiful notes of blueberry, rose petal, dark chocolate and cherry. You will also find pronounced hints of cedar, graphite, pencil shavings and leather. The mouth feel is sweet, supple and viscous, with ripe berry fruits woven together through layers of rich oak, generous tannin and fair acidity.
The balance between fruit and oak makes the wine stand out even more, showing the elegance of Merlot and Cabernet Franc through the warm, soft oak tones. The ripe berry flavors will linger on the palate, with just enough oak impact in the background. This wine can definitely be enjoyed by itself but will hopefully inspire you to pair it with dishes such as roasted quail, veal chops with rosemary and garlic or sautéed calf’s liver. Enjoy!
Varieties: 74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Vineyards: Wallula, Gamache, Double Canyon, Les Collines
Oak: 85% French oak, 15% American Oak, 85% new
Production: 293 cases
OTHER FOOD PAIRINGS
- Roasted Quail
- Veal Chops with rosemary and garlic
- Sautéed Calf’s Liver