13% Cabernet Sauvignon
French and American oak (18 months)
2010 Horse Heaven HillsLes Chevaux Red Wine
Aromas of fresh blueberries, anise and earth lead to firm and supple tannins on the palate. This red wine blend presents incredible depth, with layered flavors of candied nuts, licorice and dark chocolate that lead to a mocha finish featuring ample, sweet tannins. Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker
"Les Chevaux" is French for "the horses" - a reference to the wild horses that once roamed this region.
The 2010 vintage was the cooler than the past vintages; bud break arrived on schedule in early April, but a cool, wet spring delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties.
An unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending into September in some cooler areas.
However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.
Overall, 2010 produced balanced, elegant wines with lower alcohol and higher acidity.