The wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec, with 88% of the grapes coming from vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, including 55% from Windrow Vineyard, which was planted in 1981. The grapes were fermented in 1.5-ton bins for fourteen days, and matured in a mix of French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels, of with 25% were new.
In the glass, the wine has a saturated, deep ruby-red color, almost black at the center, like the color of a young Left Bank Bordeaux. Aromas of black freestone plums, ripe griotte cherries, dried rose petals, and wood smoke move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with suggestions of eucalyptus, sun-dried tomatoes, bay laurel and cocoa, as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is supple, concentrated, and elegantly structured, with a luscious core of sweet red and black fruit that echoes the nose, all seasoned with fresh white tobacco, grated nutmeg, cardamom, and sandalwood, and elegantly punctuated by silky, ripe, fine-grained plum-skin tannins.
About this wine producer: As the daughter of a French diplomat, Anne Sery-Martindale grew up around fabulous Burgundies from producers like Ghislaine Barthod, Christophe Roumier, and Louis Boillot, which sparked her own passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and led her to pursue winemaking as a profession. After university studies with famed enologist Denis Dubourdieu, Anne moved to Oregon, and continued her training with Laurent Montalieu at Soléna Estate in Yamhill. Currently, Anne is the winemaker at Montalieu’s Hyland Estates and NW Wine Company in McMinnville, which gives her access to some of the best grapes in Oregon, as well as a state-of-the-art facility for her own custom winemaking.