2018 Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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2018 Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The second vintage of the Wallula Cabernet Sauvignon is showing the promise and power of Wallula Vineyard.  Made from three different clones this wine is bold with flavors of black and red currants, black cherry, tobacco leaf, sweet oak and vanilla.

Tasting notes

Massively black/red hue.  Aromas of red currant, baked cherry pie, perfumed oak lactones, split oak, tobacco leaf, and hints of purple flowers and vanilla.  The Cabernet Sauvignon has flavors of black and red currants, black cherry, tobacco leaf, sweet oak, vanilla, and a wonderful interplay between the ripe tannins and the delicious acidity.  The Cabernet Sauvignon is tightly wound right now and will benefit from decanting or aeration.  The label says enjoy through 2028 but I revise the enjoyment window to 2034. 


Production notes

Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is marvelous in structure with stunning balance. We had three clones of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 2.4 acres. Clone 7 is our favorite and gives power and richness. Clone 412 is dark and rich with a floral aroma. Clone 33 is a fruity Cabernet up front with tannic power on the finish.  All three create a Cabernet Sauvignon that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Wallula Vineyard is located at the Wallula Gap near where the Snake and Walla Walla Rivers empty into the Columbia River. The vines are planted on benches above the Columbia River and is one of the most visually spectacular vineyards in Washington.

We harvested Wallula Cabernet on October 15, 2018.  All the grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted and fermented by yeasts specific for Cabernet Sauvignon.  The grapes were punched down twice daily, and the wine was pressed off the grape skins at dryness.

The Blend is comprised of 42% clone 7, 38% clone 412, and 19% clone 33.  The Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 100% French Oak (33% new and 67% used) for 22 months. 

VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvigonon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardWallula Vineyard
Acid5.6 g/l
Residual Sugar<0.1 g/l
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/28/2020
Cases Produced294 cases

100% Wallula Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (42% clone 7, 38% clone 412, and 19% clone 33)

Brett Isenhower

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