2018 CMS Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark magenta color. So much fruit in this wine, ranging from fresh blackberry and raspberry to mixed berry jam. The mix of intense fruit, dark cocoa, vanilla, dried herbs and tobacco is very classic Cabernet, but the Syrah and Merlot add a softness and smoothness to the palate that really make this wine a pleasant experience weather its sipping with friends or paired with a serious meal.
The grapes were sourced from Sagemoor, Wooded Island and Bacchus vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA and Hedges Estate, Jolet and Les Gosses vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA. The must was pumped-over for 8 days and pressed to tank, where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation. The Columbia Valley portion of this wine was fermented to dryness on 100% American Oak and aged on 100% French oak. It was 100% barrel aged for 5 months in 100% neutral oak. The Red Mountain AVA wines were 100% barrel aged in 100% neutral American and French oak for 11 months.
Harvest Notes: The 2017-2018 winter was extremely mild, fairly dry and quite the opposite of the snow and ice ravaged winter we saw the year before. This mild winter really tricked the vines and other early Spring bud pushing plants to sprout out quickly. Hedges’ estate vineyards were pruned early (beginning in late January) in anticipation for this early bud break and the vines really responded well. We added a few more Biodynamic practices into the mix, such as home brewed horsetail tea spray, which helped us escape some mildew pressure in June. The heat of summer and long sunny days advanced ripening, but the maturation period of early September and October was mild which made for a harvest that you could pick fruit at a slow and steady pace. Overall the 2018 vintage is going to be a good one!