Cellardoor Ned Said Red Blend 2014

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BLEND:
64% Merlot
33% Cabernet franc
3% Cabernet Sauvignon

SOURCE:
Merlot: Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA, WA
Cabernet franc: 6 Prong Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, WA
Cabernet Sauvignon: Gilbert Vineyards, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, WA

ABV: 14.2%

WINEMAKER NOTES: To create this blend, we like to start with Merlot and Cabernet franc, then work from there. While the 2015 vintage in Washington state was the hottest to date, mild conditions near harvest left us with wines that remained balanced and elegant. Our Merlot was harvested early from the Walla Walla Valley to retain fresh, lively aromatics, while our Cabernet franc was left to ripen longer to avoid typical green characteristics that are common for this variety. To this blend, we added a touch of our ripe Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills. Robust fruit, moderate alcohol, and balanced acid are elegantly intertwined in this beautiful blend.