Horse Heaven Hills
Reserve Red Wine
Joe occasionally asks for a glass of inspiration while we are working at the winery. We felt that name fully described the few select barrels of reserve quality wine.
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.)
We did not bottle an Inspriation in 2011.
The 2012 Horse Heaven Hills Inspiration (reserve red wine) is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. 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 100% new French oak for 28 months. The ideal consumption is 7 to 10 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 15 years. The alcohol by volume is 13.9%, 50 cases made, bottled September 2014.