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(last edited 12/13/2012 10:42:40 AM by Carniolan)

Blend: 31% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon

Components: Alcohol 15.70%; pH 3.67; T.A. .68

Appellation: Wahluke Slope

Vineyard: RiverBend Vineyard

Winemaker: Mike Wade, Co-owner Fielding Hills Winery

Harvest: October 2009 early morning hand harvested into small lugs

Vinification: Harvest lugs are individually inspected, with grapes clusters then stemmed and crushed directly into small "one ton" fermentors. The must is then allowed to settle for 24 hours when a combination of Prise de Mousse & Pasteur Red yeast was added. Twice each day the must is checked and punched down. When nearly dry, the free run wine is transferred directly into oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered resulting in superb color, clarity, and flavor.

Aging: 19 months in a combination of American and French oak barrels; 68% new

Production: 221 cases

Bottling date: May 21, 2011

Release date: March 15, 2012

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