2005 Horse Heaven Hills Claret

                  The 2005 growing season was near perfect! A cool spring followed by a long warm summer with sunny days and cool nights.  The grapes were the most beautiful we have seen to date.

                 The 2005 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec.  The fruit was sourced from our estate vines at Gunselman Bench, Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. It was aged in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 23 months, 50% of the oak was new.  The ideal consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 5-7 years.  The alcohol by volume is 14.0%. This wine was bottled August 7, 2007.

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