2018 Estate "Tribute" Red Blend

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2018 Estate "Tribute" Red Blend
2018 Estate "Tribute" Red Blend

The 2018 Tribute – Red Wine is a Merlot dominant blend, with the balance being Caberent Sauvignon and Syrah.  The small amount of Syrah provides dark ripe fruit aromas and flavors, while the Cabernet Sauvignon adds more structure and richness to the wine.

93 points The Wine Panel

90 points Wine Enthusiast 

92 Points Wine Spectator

Tasting notes

Brandy cherries, light cocoa powder, raspberry

Production notes
Pick decisions are based equally on grape juice chemistry (Brix/pH/TA), as well as flavor and physical maturity of the grapes. Harvested early in the morning, the hand-picked grapes are promptly delivered to the winery for immediate processing. Whole-cluster sorted to remove any material other than grapes (MOG), before being destemmed and lightly crushed into 1-ton fermenters. The must is allowed to rest for 24 hours before inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The must is gently punched-down twice daily to ensure proper phenolic extraction. When fermentation is nearly complete the free-run wine is pumped directly into a combination of French and American oak barrels (225L).  Barrel aged 22 months, followed by another year in bottle before release.
VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition58% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardEstate Riverbend Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/2019
Cases Produced514
Country of OriginUNITED STATES

93 points The Wine Panel

90 points Wine Enthusiast 

Estate Riverbend Vineyard

Mike Wade

Tyler Armour

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