Horse Heaven Hills
The 2012 vintage was downright abundant compared to the reduced crop of 2011! We started slowly due to an unusually cool and damp June. By July the days warmed and we were seeing the "normal" heat units. We experienced some haze and humid weather with severe thunderstorms, perhaps caused by the significant Wenatchee Complex fire. We did not see any "smoke taint" to the vines (or wines.)
The 2012 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine was aged in 80% French oak and 20% American oak for 23 months, 40% 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 13.9%. This wine was bottled September 2014.
18+/20 Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines *BEST BUY This is a nicely put together blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It shows a deep purplish ruby color and attractive berried aromas of blackberry, huckleberry and cherry, with scents of red roses, mulberry, cedar and tobacco. The medium bodied flavors are chewy and generous, with notes of licorice, cocoa, medium roast coffee, and Horse Heaven earth. The back picks up pressed berries and dried spiced cherries, followed by a ripe moderate tannin finish.
Excellent Wine Press NW (Red wines $30 and under Competition) Joe Gunselman is a Spokane doctor by day and winemaker by night. He leads with Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend, which is his signature red wine. Aromas of smoke, peppermint and red currant leads to flavors of sage and Bing cherry backed by bright acidity and plush tannins. The 2013 vintage of this wine topped the judging.
GOLD Seattle Wine Awards