Carménère is often known as the “lost grape” of Bordeaux. As one of the six original Bordeaux varietals, it has nearly disappeared from its native region, but has since reemerged elsewhere. Eastern Washington’s dry, arid climate provides our Carménère with optimal growing conditions. A slight cooling in the fall of 2018 gave this vintage of Carménère some extra time to develop some more nuanced characteristics. The grapes were harvested in late October and fermented in open top bins, then aged for 30 months in neutral French oak barrels.
Our 2018 Carménère is medium red and starts with sweet notes of strawberry syrup, plums, and green peppercorn. Swirling brings riper notes of raspberry confiture and fig paste with spicier notes of sandalwood, oak shavings, leather, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with creamy texture and rounded tannins. The wine finishes dry with beautiful acidity.