2017 CMS Red

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2017 CMS Red
2017 CMS Red
Tasting notes

Very nice aromatics starting off with raspberry, blackberry and cherry liquor. There is hint of smoke, meat and a mix of dried spices. There is a light touch of vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate reminiscent of black forest cake with a bit of cinnamon. Tart red fruit, cinnamon, and cocoa flavors in a delicately structured palate make this wine very enjoyable to sip on throughout the evening. The original blended Washington state wine continues to delight year after year. 

Production notes

Grapes come from the Columbia Valley vineyards, Wooded Island, Bacchus, Sagemoor and Weinbau (all part of Sagemoor Farms), and the Red Mountain Vineyards of Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Jolet, Les Gosses and Magdalena. Most of the wines were pumped over during alcoholic fermentation for 6 to 10 days while on American Oak. About 40% of the wine was racked to barrel where it completed malo-lactic fermentation and then aged for an additional 15-18 months. The other 60% completed M-L in tank, at the end of which it was racked onto French Oak and had SO2 added. About 60% French oak /40% American oak. 

Other notes

Harvest Notes: 2017 started off cold! January stayed in the upper teens for most of the month and dipped into the negatives for a day or two. Along with the cold we had a lot of snow! People were calling it the 60 year freeze, we hadn’t seen a winter like that since 1955. Spring was damp and the hills had never been so green. Things started to heat up around July and August and by August we were surrounded by fires originating in Canada and all up and down the West Coast. There was a blanket of smoke in the sky, which really dampened the suns UV rays.  We think this actually helped the vines slow down ripening due to less photosynthesis taking place.  Luckily the fires were far enough away that smoke taint was not an issue at all. We had a mild September and October which really stretched out the maturation period allowing flavors to develop nicely without Brix getting too high. 2017 was a really interesting year and an exciting one! The resulting wines have been full of color and flavor, especially here on Red Mountain.

Varietal Composition69% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 11% Syrah
Appellation73% Columbia Valley Appellation 27% Red Mountain Appellation
Acid4.9 g/L
Volume750 ml
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