2017 Subduction Red
91 barrels produced – 13.7% abv
Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine.
A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own; yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole.
This charming, ruby colored wine displays raspberry, black
cherry, and spice aromas with bright acidity. The juicy mid-
palate and excellent length provides a wine that is compatible with many foods and occasions.
Vineyards: 60% McKinley Springs / 15% Boushey / 13% Chukar Ridge / 9% Heart of the Hill / 3% Alder Ridge
Appellation: Columbia Valley (63% Horse Heaven Hills / 15% Yakima / 13% Columbia Valley / 9% Red Mountain)
Varietals: 49% Syrah / 26% Grenache / 12% Carignan / 7% Cinsault / 6% Mourvedre
Subduction Red is more an exploration of the Columbia Valley than a representation of any one varietal or vineyard. The grapes are sourced from throughout Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, Columbia Gorge and Red Mountain, all from vineyards with which we have long term contracts. What is important for us lies in what each site contributes to the overall blend.
The fruit was hand harvested, transported to the winery in the early morning and de-stemmed directly into fermenters with no crushing. Approximately 25% of the wine included 30% whole clusters in their fermentations. Native fermentation was in both open top fermenters with manual pigeage as well as closed top Nomblot concrete cubes with pump overs. All wines were pressed
at dryness and barreled in neutral French oak barrels and in two of our Nomblot concrete cubes. Elevage lasted approximately 10 months. Bottled in August 2018.
Archived Tech Sheets:
2001 was the first vintage we created the Subduction Red blend.