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Sestina

Red Wine

  • Vintage: 2014
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
  • Vineyards:
    30% Dionysus Vineyard Cab, planted 1973
    30% Red Willow Cab, planted 1985
    10% Bacchus Vineyard Cab, planted 1972
    15% Red Willow Merlot, planted 1985
    5% Boushey Vineyard Merlot
    10% Bacchus Cab Franc, planted 1997
  • Aging: 60% new French oak, 21 months
  • Cases: 486
  • Retail: $65
  • Release: February 2017
  • Vintage Scores:
    2010: Advocate - 93, Tanzer -93, Enthusiast - 93
    2011: Advocate - 93+, Spectator - 93, Tanzer - 92+
    2012: Advocate - 95, Tanzer - 93+, Enthusiast - 93
    2013: Advocate - 93, Tanzer - 92, Enthusiast - 93
    2014: Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95 points

The Sestina is an ancient form of poetry from Medieval France. Just as a modern poet can fill this form with new expressions, we use the traditional Bordeaux blend to express Washington. Sestina is our vision for an old vine, complex blend where all of the components complement each other. This wine is designed for the cellar, so the emphasis is on structure, balance, and complexity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 95 points - "Cassis, licorice, violets, lead pencil shavings and hints of herbs all give way to a layered, full-bodied, multi-dimensional wine that has sweet tannin and a great finish. It's about as voluptuous and sexy a wine as Chris has ever made.  Drink date:  2017-2034." - Jeb Dunnuck
2014 Sestina Winemaker's Tasting Note—"Beautiful and complex aromas of plum, cherry, blackberry, mocha, fresh savory herbs, with lead pencil and earthy notes lead off this wine. It is bright, deep, and firm on the palate, featuring focused red and black fruits, mountain flowers, vanilla, bitter chocolate and cigar box. This wine should really be singing in 2-3 years, and hit age fifteen in great shape."  - Chris Peterson

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