Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, Columbia Valley, Washington

Requiem is a blend of grapes from six sites across the Columbia Valley, and specifically from three AVAs: Walla Walla (45%), Horse Heaven Hills (40%), and Red Mountain (5%). 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. Grapes were harvested in the later half of September at between 24 and 27 brix, depending on elevation. The grapes were crushed into a combination of open top wood and stainless steel fermenters. After a 3 day cold soak, native yeasts were allowed to begin fermentation, which lasted for 18 to 32 days depending on the tank. Once dry, all the wine was racked in to 225L barrels from Taransaud (15%), François Frères (30%), Darnajou (25%) and Sylvain (30%) for 20 months – 40% new oak.