This wine has a bright fragrance of apricot and honeysuckle with flavors of apricot, honey and a mild earthiness.
A bright fragrance of apricot and honeysuckle make smelling this wine almost as fun as drinking it. The flavors are dried apricot, honey and a mild earthiness that adds nice complexity. Drinks nicely as a dessert alone or our over some grilled peaches.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard
2015 was the warmest vintage on record resulting in great fruit. As with any year many challenges were faced and adversities overcome in order to grow and create a great wine. The summer was hot and we had a lot of days over 100 degrees which ripened things a little faster than a typical vintage. When Fall arrived the grapes were ready about a week ahead of schedule. The wines from 2015 show great promise.
Winemaker: Justin Michaud
Grower Degree Days: 3008
2015 was a hot season which might not seem like the ideal growing season for a dessert wine but I am quite pleased with what we ended up with. We pick the grapes for our dessert wine at the very end of harvest and then put them into a deep freeze storage. Once the grapes are nice and frozen we bring them to the winery and press them off. We only get about 20% volume out of the wines as opposed to traditional pressing and this really concentrates all the flavors and sugar. A slow fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is filtered and bottled. Minimal fining is done to the wine which allows more of the natural color and flavors to shine through.
Double Gold - 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
||Dessert Wine / Port
||Horse Heaven Hills
||23% by weight