Horse Heaven Hills
The 2010 vintage was cool and wet, in fact the coolest temperatures we have seen since our 1st vintage in 1999. Although we had a warm early spring, May & June were very wet. The summer months were mild with few 100° days resulting in slow even ripening. September was unusually wet but October was gloriously warm and sunny. The wines produced in ’10 have great acidity and a very "Bordeaux-like" style. To ensure complete fruit maturation we lower yields through shoot thinning, leaf stripping and meticulous viticulture practices. Although reduced, fermentation progressed normally. The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
The 2010 Horse Heaven Hills “The Phinny” Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Phinny Hill Vineyard. It was aged in 100% new French oak for 23 months. The alcohol by volume is 13.5%. It was bottled September 2013.
Price: $35.00 This wine available to wine club only.
93 Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate Showing slightly less obvious oak, as well as more tension and energy, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon The Phinny is 100% Cabernet, all from the Phinny Hill vineyard, that spent 23 months in 100% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, tight, focused and firm, with beautiful tannin quality and plenty of depth, it gives up notions of black currants, black raspberry, new leather, sweet oak and charcoal on the nose. Give it another year or so and drink it through 2030.
Made by Joe Gunselman, these are serious, age-worthy Bordeaux blends that represent fantastic values. Don’t miss a chance to try some of these! - Jeb Dunnuck (June, 2014)
19/20 Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines Semi opaque purplish colored, this 100% varietal wine emits seductive aromas of wild cherry, blackberry plum, crushed roses, anise, pipe tobacco, mint and incense. On the palate, the dark fruit flavors are deep and focused, imbued with licorice, chocolate, campfire roast and gravel and loam minerals. The back is thick and chewy, with sensations of roasted berries and nuts, dried cherries, and toasty integrated oak (again, 100% new French), followed by a lingering spice and herb dusted firm, yet sweetish tannin finish. Rand Sealey Feb 2015