2018 was another stellar growing season and vintage in Washington. Warm spring temperatures were followed by mild conditions throughout the growing season allowing for extended hang time and flavor development.
Warm fall days allowed for full ripeness, while cool Washington nights helped maintain crisp natural acidity.
The Columbia Valley’s unique and ideal conditions create grapes with both rich flavors and crisp acidity.
The region’s latitude provides an extra hour of sunlight (and heat) during the peak of the growing season creating intense fruit flavors.
Columbia Valley receives only 1/3 (6” to 10”) the annual rainfall vines need requiring drip irrigation which leads to more flavorful grapes.
The wine was aged for several months in a combination of American and French oak barrels to soften and round the blend.
The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing 7-10 day fermentations.
This Cabernet is fruit-forward, with balanced acidity and soft, refined tannins. A small amount of Merlot adds structure and complexity.
RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS
Tomato-Basil Bruschetta, Eggplant Parmesan, Herb Crusted Prime Rib, Grilled Beef Steak, Hearty Venison Stew
The 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, juicy red that features aromas of dark cherry, black currant, and coffee with subtle hints of spice. Refined tannins and a touch of oak complement the flavors for an enjoyable finish.
TA: 0.56 g/100 mL
ALCOHOL: 13.5 %
BLEND: Cabernet Sauvignon and small amount Merlot.