In 2017, we doubled down on fruit! Adding to the Cabernet and Syrah from 2016, we are producing 2 different single vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignons, a Syrah, and a Rosé. The cab's come from Firethorn Vineyard again, and Double Canyon. Also from Double Canyon Vineyard is our ton of Syrah, and we added a new Syrah contract for Rosé through Destiny Ridge Vineyard. In total, the 2017 harvest equated to 7 barrels Firethorn Cab, 3 barrels Double Canyon Cab, 3.5 barrels Double Canyon Syrah, and 2 barrels Destiny Ridge Rosé. The red wines were all inoculated and fermented in open top 48S 1.5 ton vessels with daily punch downs until completely dry, different yeast strains are fermented separately and then blended to develop rich textures and complex flavor profiles.
The Rosé of Syrah was lightly stomped on to begin and allowed to sit for 8 hours on the skins before pressing. The pressed juice wad transferred to two neutral barrels and inoculated with RP15 yeast and barrel fermented for almost 45 days. The barrel fermentation offered a rich creamy texture to the finished wine and a touch of baking spice.
The Rosé was bottled in March and released on May 6th, just in time for the Oregon spring.