Horse Heaven Hills
Our overall production in 2011 was down substantially due to winter injury in Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch and McKinley Springs Vineyard. Although Phinny Hill saw very little damage, it was another cool summer in Washington state, so to ensure complete fruit maturation we lowered yields through cluster thinning, employed canopy management (for light penetration,) and meticulous viticulture practices. The grapes were harvested October 23rd, slightly later than usual with sugar levels that were 1° to 2° lower than typical, but the fruit was physiologically ripe.
The 2011 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 13.4%. It was bottled September 2013.
18.5+/20 Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a deep crimson color and an intense, perfumed nose of blackberries, cherries and blueberries, with scents of crushed roses, black violets, sweet pea blossoms, tobacco, orange peel and spiced incense. The flavors mirror the aromatics, with deep, penetrating true varietal flavors that are imbued with licorice, dark cocoa, and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The intensity continues on the back with notes of macerated berries, roasted walnuts, dried spiced cherries, and graphite, followed by a lingering, sweet-dry tannin finish.
91 Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate A serious 2011, Robert Karl’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon The Phinny is 100% of the variety that saw 23 months in 100% new French oak. While a lot of wines from 2011 that saw a lot of new oak suffered, this handles it beautifully and exhibits notes of chocolate-covered cherries, graphite, licorice and toasted spice. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded and textured, with solid mid-palate depth and lots to love, this beauty is approachable now, but will evolve nicely for another decade.