2004 Three Vineyards

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2004 Three Vineyards
2004 Three Vineyards
Tasting notes

Dark deep color. Intense, dark, black cherry and blackberry fruit, menthol and clove spice along with toasted oak, cocoa and cola with hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a great balance of dark fruit and toasty, spicey oak flavors. Nice acid, firm structure and a long, slightly peppery finish make this a classic example of Red Mountain wine.

Production notes

Grapes are from the Red Mountain Appellation vineyards of Hedges Estate, Bel’ Villa and Red Mountain and the Columbia Valley Appellation Bacchus Vineyard. All of this wine was aged for 17 months in barrels, approximately 10% of which were new French Oak and 25% new American Oak.  

Other notes

Harvest Notes: 2004 was a challenging year in the vineyards. A late October 2003 freeze (temperatures in the single digits above zero fahrenheit in the coldest areas) before the vines were fully dormant followed by an early January freeze (temperatures in the negative teens in the coldest areas) caused some bud damage. This led to inconsistent bud break in April, although consistent temperatures without excessive wind and rain made for nice set. We made several trips through the vineyards to maintain good fruit balance and to remove less ripe fruit. Mid-July through August was hot with only a couple of daytime highs below 95 F, which added more stress to already stressed vines. Early September turned cool with a few nights in the low 40s. This caused the basal leaves of some vines in some areas to begin yellowing and dessicating prematurely. More typical fall ripening conditions of warm days and cool nights began in mid-September and continued through October. Our philosophy of picking at optimum flavor maturity delayed picking the  warmer site fruit until the third week of September and cooler site fruit the second week of November.  

Vintage2004
VarietalThree Vineyards
Varietal Composition33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon 63.6% Merlot 0.9% Cabernet Franc 2.0% Syrah 0.2% Petit Verdot
Acid7.1g/L
PH3.70
Alcohol14.40%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced9,291 cases
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