James Suckling 93
“Tangerine, apple, pear and wisteria alongside notes of Italian melon and lemon meringue with a flavorful finish.”
Beautiful. Aromatic. Layered. A bouquet of blossoms. Tangerine, apple, pear and wisteria right to your face as Italian melon, Gala apple, clove and lemon meringue soothes your mouth. A delicate cascade of mineral washes over the palate. Complex and complete as you swoon with satisfaction.
Frenchman Hills (33): This vineyard was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at 1650 feet. It also does not easily frost, and has limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard.
Roza Hills (32): At an elevation of 1350 feet, in a natural southern sloping bowl that sits on the southern slope of the Rattlesnake Hills, Roza Hills was planted in 1977. The majority of the vineyard is planted in a loamy silt to chalky soil with broken basalt chunks interspersed.
High River (28): Located on the east side of Columbia River, High River has sandy soil with volcanic rock and a temperate micro-climate.
Moxee (7): Planted in 1973, Moxee is located east of Yakima and north of Moxee. The west facing slope is about 1450 feet elevation. The soil is Moxee silt loam with broken limestone.
Yield: 4.5 tons per acre
100 whole cluster pressed 100 barrel fermentation
25 new French oak barriques 11 months barrel-aged on lees
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