Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington

Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is dedicated to the production of small lot, hand-crafted wines from select vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Rattle Snake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley appellations. The winery is located in a restored WW II fire station and barracks at the Walla Walla Airport Complex. 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot. Grapes are crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked for 24-72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that compose the Cabernet Sauvignon are kept separate for at least one year before they are blended. 100% French oak, 65% new and 35% 2nd and 3rd vintage barrels from select coopers and a variety of tight grain French oak forests with the wine aging in barrel for 24 months. “The wine opens with aromas of very dark fruit notes of both blackberry and black currant with a concentrated hint of sage. On the palate, condensed fruit flavors of both black and blue fruit are found, along with notes of understated cedar and dark chocolate. The wine finishes with sapient tannins and a long finish of smooth cigar tobacco.” – From the Winery