A Tasting of “Nate’s Picks” for the February/March 2014 Shipment
January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
January 16th, 2014
Our first shipment in 2014, The Year of The Horse, is a very exciting one, as it’s allowing us to really start to dig into our 2012 reds.
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Franc – The 2012 vintage is most exciting for us because this is our first Cab Franc bottling showcasing Shenandoah Springs Vineyard, from which the base of this blend comes and where we plan to focus for this wine in the future. Highly fruity, with bright red cherry and raspberry aromatics, this bottling is currently showing a nice fruit-forward mid-palate and light, approachable tannins. We have just begun pouring this in our tasting room as well, where it has thus far been well-received. We are anticipating a development in complexity leading into 2018.
87% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Sunset Red – With each year we tend to reinvent our Sunset Red. 2009 was a Cab Sauv-base, 2010 a Merlot, 2011 a Petit Verdot base, and now in 2012 we have a Syrah/Cab Sauv. What we’re pushing for here is essentially the best reflection of the vintage. In light years, we focus this wine on delicacy and aromatics. In heavy years we just want a powerhouse. For the 2012 vintage, it was more about finesse, a nice sappy core, and tannin texture. Thus, the blend is quite diverse, and includes numerous vineyards as well as a small amount of returned hard press wine. Bold, highly aromatic, and lush, we’re expecting to see some very good aging from the 2012 Sunset Red.
32% Syrah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Vedot, 16% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc