BLEND | 85% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
VINEYARDS | The 2020 Requiem is a blend of grapes from seven sites across the Columbia Valley, and specifically from three sub-AVAs: Yakima Valley (75%), Horse Heaven Hills (20%), and Walla Walla (5%). 15% of the overall blend included small lots of supporting varietals - Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Each component is vinified separately and then undergoes a series of blending trials, looking for purity of fruit, complexity and outstanding quality that consistantly overperforms.
WINEMAKING |2020 was a small, but concentrated crop after a bumper crop in 2019 - the vines often know when they need a three-day weekend. The growing season was quite warm, and the majority of the Columbia Valley AVA escaped the smoke damage that affected Oregon and California.
Vinification in a combination of wood and stainless steel fermenters followed by elevage in French oak barrels for 20 months in a diverse barrel regimen including François Frères, Sylvain, Taransaud, and Darnajou coopers that included roughly one third each new, second use, and neutral barrels.
Fermented in wood & stainless followed by 20 months in new, 2nd use, & neutral French oak (1/3 each)..
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