Devona 2016 Columbia Valley Bacchus Vineyard CABERNET SAUVIGNON
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|VINEYARD||Bacchus VIneyard Block3|
|OAK COMPOSITION||100% French, 90% new & 10% second fill|
|BARREL AGING||24 months|
|HARVEST DATE||September 15&19, 2015|
|BOTTLING DATE||August 24, 2017|
This wine has been a long time in the making. Of all of our varietals, it has the longest total production time, spending as much as two years in the barrel. Once bottled, it rests for another two years or more before release. We poured this wine as a barrel sample at our launch party in the summer of 2016. It was showing beautifully then, which is a bit unusual for such a young wine, and it has only gotten better with time.
Once the fruit is harvested, we carefully sort it for any green stem material. This contributes to the fine texture of the tannins and removes the potential for tannins that are green and edgy. Our fermentations are carefully monitored, and the wine is handled as gently as possible throughout. Barrel aging is in 100% French oak, 90% of which is new. The structure and density of this wine can handle this much new wood without being overtaken. Rather, the characters of the barrel contribute to the spice and the complexity of the finished wine.
My goal with all of our wines is that they taste as they smell. This may seem obvious, but it’s easier said than done, and, in my view, the continuity from the aromas to the flavors all the way through the finish is critical to creating a complex and complete wine. This Cab is an overachiever in the category of continuity. From start to finish, intense and focused dark plum and velvety blackberries fill your senses. Dark cocoa, cinnamon, and clove mingle with a tiny bit of graphite, bringing spice to a rich, dense, balanced wine. This is a big mouthful of lush, complexity, and the finish, well, it really doesn’t finish until you have had a nice long, lingering encounter. This is brilliant, classic Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon.