In the Melange Sampler, you will receive twelve bottles from the 2016 vintage comprised of three Sundance, two Artist Series, two Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, three Slide Mt. Vineyard, and two Terrible Beauty.
This price is net of a 15% year round discount
King Cab - 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been called the “King of Wines”. This first vintage is sourced from Horse Heaven Hills, the appellation known for producing Washington’s best Cabernet. The wine offers concentrated blackberry, cherry and subtle spice flavors ending with a long, soft finish.
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - 2016
95% Cabernet Sauvignon entirely from the coveted 1982 block, which is the oldest we source from plus 5% Merlot, aged almost entirely in once-used French oak barrels. We pick this Cab early to get the more intense raspberry flavors, which are complemented by abundant tannin and moderate acidity.
Artist Series #16
50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Slide Mountain, and Two Blondes Vineyards aged in once and twice-used French oak barrels. This is a different mix of vineyards for this wine, which is reflected in the beautifully distinctive flavors. Also, the softer tannins typical of this vintage are evident.
Sundance - 2016
50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Cabernet Franc sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Dineen, and Slide Mountain vineyards aged in mostly neutral French oak barrels. As always, this is the most approachable wine on release because of the high percentage of Merlot.
Terrible Beauty - 2016
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Dineen, and Slide Mountain vineyards aged almost entirely in once and twice-used French oak barrels. The change in vineyard sources has produced a softer more elegant style for this vintage, similar to the first, 2012 vintage.
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard - 2015
This is our favorite vintage since 1999. The extremely small berries produced a very dark and concentrated wine with delicious flavors and excellent structure from the well-balanced tannins and acid. This vintage is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Vieilles Vignes - 2015
(aged 21 months in 50% new French oak): Bright medium ruby. Aromas of black cherry, dark berries, dark chocolate, licorice and graphite are glossier and classier than those of the basic Ciel du Cheval Cabernet Sauvignon. Concentrated, dense and suave, conveying a finer-grained texture and more inner-mouth mineral lift than its sibling. Much longer on the aftertaste as well, with rising dark berry and spice flavors revealing less early sweetness but more structure and refinement. I find more consistent ripeness and verve here, but this wine will require patience. 92+ Points - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Magazine
Artist Series #15
This vintage is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Merlot from the Ciel du Cheval and Dineen vineyards. The Cab provides the structure and the Cab Franc adds flavor complexity and superb aromatics. The beautiful artwork is by Seattle artist, Tony Angel.
Sundance - 2015
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon make up nearly equal parts of this wine, which is finished off with a healthy dollop of Cabernet Franc. High-toned notes of dried herb, black cherry and bittersweet chocolate are followed by plump dark fruit flavors. Chocolate notes linger on the finish. It's a bit bunched up at present but has the stuffing to go the distance. Best after 2021. Editors' Choice. 91 points - Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast Magazine