2016 Pirouette - 1.5L

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2016 Pirouette - 1.5L
2016 Pirouette - 1.5L

Philippe Melka, named one of the top nine winemakers in the world by Robert Parker, used small lots from Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this enticing red blend.

Like the last several growing seasons, 2016 was another hot year that required extra care in the vineyards. Building on the success of our canopy managment program over the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, but the Columbia Valley's cool autumn nights protected the grapes' acidity, yielding bright, vibrant wines that will drink well in their youth but also promise to bring enjoyement to those who cellar. 

A variety of fermentation methods were used to enhance complexity and richness in this classic Bordeaux blend. Hand-harvested Cabernet was fermented in 400L French oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to integrate the oak with refined, dark fruit flavors and give the wine its silky mouthfeel. All other varieties were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks, with select lots enjoying longer skin contact to enhance the wine's dark color and mid-palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new) before bottling unfiltered and unfined.

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97 points - Jeb Dunnuck

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Vintage2016
VarietalRed Blend
Varietal Composition68% Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Merlot
8% Petit Verdot
6% Cabernet Franc
3% Malbec
AppellationColumbia Valley
Acid.58 grams / 100ml
PH3.85
Alcohol14.90%
Wine StyleBordeaux Style Blend
Volume1.5 liter
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