2015 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec

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Wine Profile
Vintage 2015
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec
Appellation Snake River Valley
Vineyard Symms, Sawtooth, Kamiak
Acid 6.4 g/L
PH 3.79
Aging 20 months in oak
Residual Sugar 0%
Alcohol % 14.50
Volume 750ml

2015 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec



"This wine represents a history of Idaho vineyards in a glass. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from vienyards planted in the 1970's in the first wave of post-prohibition planting in Idaho.  The 95% survival rate of these vines show the longevity potential of the vineyards here.  The Merlot came in a second wave of plantings in the 90's and the Malbec is the bright newcomer to the scene.  I love the intensity of fruit aromas and flavors of this blend, with nuances that keep unfolding long after you've swallowed."

                                                                  - Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The 2015 vintage was not only our 10th anniversary harvest, but also Idaho's 2nd hottest year on record. This resulted in an early harvest for this milestone vintage, with our first fruit coming into the winery the last week of August, and getting our average heat accumulation to 3405. The Snake River Valley started cooling off around mid-September, which helped develop flavors. Yields were small due to a 2014 November freeze, and cold weather during bud-break in April. We can certainly say that Mother Nature threw us a curveball of conditions as the growing season presented itself quicker, with budbreak in early to mid-April, gradual warming in May with temperature spikes in June. July and August were relatively tame, before cooling off to the 70’s and 80’s for September and October. These conditions created highly aromatic whites, and mature, flavorful reds. Mother Nature gave us a few grey hairs in 2015 but what she served us in the end was worth it!

Tasting notes

Warm sandalwood and cocoa aromas are followed by dark cherry notes mixed with cinnamon and clove.  The finish is rich and long. 

Production notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day. 10% of batches native yeast fermentation. Bladder pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 21 months of barrel aging in barrels of French, Hungarian and American origin, 30% new oak. Bottled unfiltered in June 2017. 

Vineyard notes

Symms, Sawtooth and Kamiak 

Other notes

Let's try this with your favorit pork dish and make sure there's a fruit composte on board for the ride - or you could open a bottle with some baked brie or port truffles. Whatever you choose, enjoy the layers of flavor. 

When to Drink 

During the first year, decant for an hour and then enjoy.  While fresh and ripe early in its life, this wine will continue to evolve beautifully over the next 5-25 years. 


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