2014 Tres Cruces
Ripe fruit, fresh oak and a splash of citrus.
Inky dark color with red edges let you know this is no ordinary Rhone style blend. The bouquet has dark cherries, oak, spice and currants. Beef jerky flavors mingle with tart strawberries, spice, leather, and cocoa powder. The Syrah saves the finish by adding some silky smoothness to the spicy black pepper.
2014 Vineyard Review
Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Grower Degree Days: 3164
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. Fall was very generous to the grapes, it cooled off a little and allowed us to pick things in a timely manner. In all honesty, I probably could have either picked a little earlier on these varietals or been more generous with my water-backs during fermentation. I am pleased with the final wine but with a slightly lower alcohol the wine would be softer and more approachable. 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.
This is the third Tres Cruces blend I have made and it continues to be great fun to create. Working with the three varietals and trying to come up with the right combination is a gratifying task. This is the lowest percentage of Syrah used in the blend yet. Grenache became a much bigger player this vintage while the Mourvèdre was used to accent the other varietals. The Syrah has always been a nice backbone to the wine, it adds a rich mouthfeel and smooth silky finish to the wine. The Grenache has great acidity and light bright fruit characteristics that mixed well in the blend. Mourvèdre has black pepper and spice components that give the wine more structure and a longer finish.
Gold 2017 Denver International Awards
||Horse Heaven Hills
||June 30, 2016