Aromas of plum and oak mix with subtle aromas of tar, boysenberry and dark chocolate. The flavors are rich and jammy with a lengthy smooth finish.
Dark concentrated red and black fruits dominate the smells. Think chocolate covered figs, ripe plums, blackberry, raisins, and roasted oak. The flavors do not disappoint as they carry over from the aromas. The wine is fully bodied and has blackberry jam flavors with ample tannins to add texture. The finish is smooth but has great length.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard
2014 was a hot vintage in Eastern Washington. Coyote Canyon vineyard had an early spring that led to early bud break. The Summer was hot but consistent, the temperature didn't get into the triple digits often and grapes were able to ripen at a nice pace. When Fall arrived, the white wines were picked early but a cooling trend allowed most of the reds extra hang time to fully develop their flavors. All our grapes are handpicked and fermented separately so each varietal gets a chance to shine. After fermentation, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 18-22 months. Blends are made after 12 months so the wine can fully integrate before bottling.
Primitivo is quietly becoming a star in our lineup. The big jam flavors and feel make it an easy wine to drink. I enjoy making this wine and playing around with the Merlot percentage to try and make a well-balanced wine. Primitivo is historically high in alcohol and needs to be picked at the right time to have elegance. This vintage of Primitivo is big and bold. It should age nicely for 7-10 years.
Gold - 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
||Horse Heaven Hills
||June 30, 2016