Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, 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. 2017 – 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Grapes are crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked for 24 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 22 months. “Dark purple, blue and black fruits stand out on the nose, with hints of cedar and dark chocolate. On the palate, dried red fruits highlight a luscious mouthfeel that includes flavors of roasted red beets, red plums, and cigar, capped off by dry, savory tannins on the finish.” – From the Winery