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We Speak Wine USD 9.95 750ml

14 Hands Run Wild Juicy Red Blend Columbia Valley 2016

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THE VINTAGE: • The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance. • The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State. • Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity. WINEMAKING: • Red varieties including Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache were gently destemmed and fermented for 7–10 days on the skins. • After fermentation and malolactic conversion, most of the wine was held in stainless steel. Only a small portion saw some French oak to add a little structure and a layer of aromatic complexity. The goal was to preserve fresh fruit flavors. • Most of the varieties were vinified separately with the final blend being assembled just weeks prior to bottling. The exception was Viognier co-fermented with Syrah. FLAVOR PROFILE: Juicy and fruit-forward, 14 Hands Run Wild showcases a vibrant blend of red grape varieties with flavors of ripe blueberries, black currants and black raspberries. Soft tannins, lively acidity, and a lingering finish allow for endless pairing options. - Keith Kenison, Winemaker RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Pasta with Marinara, Pizza, Burgers, Grilled Beef Steak Blend: 75% Syrah 13% Mourvedre 7% Grenache 3% Viognier 2% other varieties TA: 0.54g/100mL pH: 3.80 Alcohol: 13.5%

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Columbia Crest:
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.

External Reviews for 14 Hands Run Wild Juicy Red Blend Columbia Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
06/06/2018

THE VINTAGE: • The 2016 vintage experienced the best of both worlds with a hot spring and early summer. A cooler than normal end of the ripening season allowed the wines to have ripeness, yet maintain freshness and elegance. • The early dry and warm spring, combined with cooler temperatures in August and September, slowed down ripening and resulted in the longest harvest on record in Washington State. • Overall, 2016 saw very favorable growing conditions, producing wines with nicely resolved tannins and maturity. WINEMAKING: • Red varieties including Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache were gently destemmed and fermented for 7–10 days on the skins. • After fermentation and malolactic conversion, most of the wine was held in stainless steel. Only a small portion saw some French oak to add a little structure and a layer of aromatic complexity. The goal was to preserve fresh fruit flavors. • Most of the varieties were vinified separately with the final blend being assembled just weeks prior to bottling. The exception was Viognier co-fermented with Syrah. FLAVOR PROFILE: Juicy and fruit-forward, 14 Hands Run Wild showcases a vibrant blend of red grape varieties with flavors of ripe blueberries, black currants and black raspberries. Soft tannins, lively acidity, and a lingering finish allow for endless pairing options. - Keith Kenison, Winemaker RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Pasta with Marinara, Pizza, Burgers, Grilled Beef Steak Blend: 75% Syrah 13% Mourvedre 7% Grenache 3% Viognier 2% other varieties TA: 0.54g/100mL pH: 3.80 Alcohol: 13.5%



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