2014 Equilibrium Red Blend
Our Equilibrium blend is inspired by our favorite all-time wine made in our pre-commercial days. The blend features Malbec but is complemented by a significant 33% of Cabernet Sauvignon creating a unique and (we think) delicious blend. This wine is characterized by the bold, dark fruit of the Malbec and an earthiness and complexity contributed by the Cabernet Sauvignon. We expect this wine to continue to improve for at least 3-5 years in cellar and is expected to age well for 10+ years.
The grapes were crushed, destemmed and divided into small lots for fermentation, each receiving a unique yeast strain inoculation to enhance complexity of the finished wine. Following alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation was induced and the wine musts were allowed an extended maceration of ~4 weeks. The wines were then lightly pressed in ~half ton lots, settled and then moved to barrels. The resulting wine was blended together and aged in 1 new French, 5 once used French, 1 new American and 1 once-used American barrels.
The wine was racked several times during aging which produced a natural clarification. The small scale production methods used to make this wine included: hand sorting of grapes, small fermentation and press batches allowing for individualized wine making decisions per batch and manual approaches to nearly every step in the process including bottling and labeling.
Columbia Valley AVA
Konnowac & Sugarloaf Vineyards
Golden Ridge & Seven Hills Vineyards
33% Cabernet Suavignon
pH 3.6, TA 6.3 g/L, Alcohol 15.8%
Aged 22 months in 25% new barrels
80% French and 20% American oak
175 cases produced
Bottled December 13, 2016
Release Date: July 28, 2017
|Wine Style||Bold Red Wine|