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 2015 vintage was HOT, HOT, HOT! Following a mild winter, the growing season started in late March with early heat and vine development. The hot temperatures continued until harvest which was about 2 weeks earlier than usual. Although abnormally hot the vines produced beautiful fruit. The Gunselman Bench Cabernet was harvested on September 28th and October 5th. The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
The 2015 Horse Heaven Hills Inspiration (reserve red wine) is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and 4% 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 20 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 14.6%, 50 cases made, bottled July 2017.