Intense cherry, cassis and slight spice aromas lead to fruit-forward flavors of chocolate berry on the palate. This supple wine trails into a long finish that offers silky tannins and a slightly spiced cocoa finish.
- Ray Einberger, Winemaker.
The 2006 growing season was marked by weather extremes, with near record rainfall in the Columbia Valley during the early
spring and record high temperatures in the early and midsummer.
Although a challenging season weather-wise, exceptional sites including the warmer parts of the Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope saw early ripening and bold tannins from the high temperatures.
In the cooler growing areas, later ripening prompted good acidity and fl avor in white varietals, as well as good color, pronounced fruit flavors and less aggressive tannins in reds.