This small lot production was made in partnership with Winemaker Charlie Hoppes, from Wine Boss and Fidelitas wineries. The fruit was donated by Milbrandt Vineyards and sourced from their Clifton Bluffs vineyard.
The wine was fermented at moderate temperatures and pressed using a basket press for gentle extraction. Malolactic fermentation was finished in a combination of new and used French oak followed by a short barrel aging to retain vibrant spice and fruit aromas and add supple oak tannins. To integrate tannins with strong fruit aromas of strawberry, blueberry, spice and toasted coconut, the wine was further aged in the bottle for one year. This resulted in a finely textured wine with strong pepper and fruit aromas with a long, gentle finish.
Aromas/Flavors: Strawberry, blueberry, cocoa, pepper, and a hint of toasted coconut
AVA: Wahluke Slope
Partner Vineyard: Clifton Bluff, Milbrandt Vineyards
Partner Winemaker: Charlie Hoppes, Fidelitas/Wine Boss