"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series is straight up terrific, with tons of black currants, plums and spice to go with background smoked herbs and toasted bread nuances. Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, layered beauty has a great mid-palate, a silky texture and ripe tannin, all suggesting it will have a graceful evolution. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 10-15." –Jun-16
"(14.4% alcohol; a blend that includes younger plantings from Champoux vineyard, 1972 vines from Sagemoor, a bit of estate fruit and some grapes from Summit vineyard, just above Seven Hills; aged in 55% new oak): Bright ruby. Very ripe, liqueur-like aromas of cassis and blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice, plus a slightly roasted, tarry nuance, perhaps from the oak--although this wine was vinified in small stainless steel fermenters. Large-scaled, plush and spicy, conveying lovely floral complexity to the flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and licorice. Mott likes the extra depth and texture brought by the addition of some Petit Verdot. This very dry, broad wine finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and no greenness. Still a baby but already impressive."
"The variety quickly announces itself with aromas of dark cherry and dried herbs followed by generous barrel accents. The black-fruit flavors are rich but maintain balance, with a persistence that impresses." –Mar 2016
All grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and de-stemmed. This Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in small stainless steel tanks and is punched down or pumped over twice a day. Aging in French Chateaux barrels has produced a well proportioned, complex and generous red wine. The winery has consciously chosen to use slightly less new French oak as these vineyards have gotten older; thus allowing the wine to express varietal typicity and a very distinct sense of place.
This “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from many of the finest and most highly regarded vineyards in Washington State. Each produces fantastic wine in their own right; when blended they produce extraordinary wine.
Vineyards: Champoux, Sagemoor, Woodward Canyon Estate, Charbonneau, Discovery, Spring Creek and Summit View Vineyard
Bottling Date: April 2014
Release Date: December 2015
3423 cases 750ml,
240 cases 375,
110 cases 1.5L