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Mercer Canyons Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2014

External Review by We Speak Wine:

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Individual vineyard lots were fermented separately and barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak for 17 months. A warm vintage gave us ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of ripe black fruit with a hint of cassis. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Barrel aging the wine brings hints of warm baking spices and adds depth and complexity. Powdery tannins give structure to the wine while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouth feel. This wine shows great expression of the terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills. VINEYARD SOURCING: The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Spice Cabinet and Dead Canyon vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. The fruit is exposed to dappled sunlight, allowing for uniform ripening and flavor development. Well balanced crop levels have allowed us to create wines with great depth and concentration. GROWING SEASON: 2014 was one of the hottest years on record. A moderate winter lead into a warm spring and a very hot summer. The warm spring resulted in an early bloom, which caused veraison to occur 2-3 weeks earlier than normal, and began harvest a week ahead of schedule. A warm, dry September allowed for longer hang time of the grapes which contributed to concentrated flavor development along with ripe tannins. WINEMAKING: These grapes were double sorted, fifirst in the vineyard with the selective harvest on our Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. After draining the wine and pressing the skins, the wine was racked to a blend of French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 17 months before being blended together for bottling. Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 2% Syrah Alcohol: 13.9% T.A.: 0.53 g/100 ml pH: 3.72

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Family Owned winery and tasting room in the heart of Yakima Valley

External Reviews for Mercer Canyons Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/18/2017

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Individual vineyard lots were fermented separately and barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak for 17 months. A warm vintage gave us ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of ripe black fruit with a hint of cassis. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Barrel aging the wine brings hints of warm baking spices and adds depth and complexity. Powdery tannins give structure to the wine while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouth feel. This wine shows great expression of the terroir of the Horse Heaven Hills. VINEYARD SOURCING: The fruit for this wine is grown at our acclaimed Spice Cabinet and Dead Canyon vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. The fruit is exposed to dappled sunlight, allowing for uniform ripening and flavor development. Well balanced crop levels have allowed us to create wines with great depth and concentration. GROWING SEASON: 2014 was one of the hottest years on record. A moderate winter lead into a warm spring and a very hot summer. The warm spring resulted in an early bloom, which caused veraison to occur 2-3 weeks earlier than normal, and began harvest a week ahead of schedule. A warm, dry September allowed for longer hang time of the grapes which contributed to concentrated flavor development along with ripe tannins. WINEMAKING: These grapes were double sorted, fifirst in the vineyard with the selective harvest on our Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. After draining the wine and pressing the skins, the wine was racked to a blend of French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 17 months before being blended together for bottling. Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 2% Syrah Alcohol: 13.9% T.A.: 0.53 g/100 ml pH: 3.72




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