Cellardoor Puerto Viejo Red Blend 2014

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59% Garnacha
19% Syrah
13% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Merlot

Grenache: Fountain Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington
Syrah: Echo Ridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA, Washington
Merlot: Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley AVA, Washington
Cab Sauvignon: Gilbert Vineyards, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington

ABV: 14.4%

WINEMAKER NOTES: 2014 broke records for highest temps in eastern Washington, and this record heat brought our grapes to their maximum ripeness while eastern Washington’s usual dramatic swings between daytime highs and’ nighttime lows allowed our grapes to preserve ideal acidity. Our inspiration for this wine was the wines of Priorat, Spain. The base of this blend is Grenache which finished with surprisingly moderate alcohol given the hot vintage. After 9 months of aging in separate barrels, we then blended in our very ripe Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for some heft and backbone. For a final touch, we added in a bit of soft Walla Walla Merlot to round out the blend. Given the hot vintage and ripe flavors, we chose to age the blend in a large percentage of new oak for added complexity.