2018 H/H Estates Big John Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
September 10, 2020
This is a dark red inky-colored wine. Red fruits and sweet herbs mixed with a mineral note start off followed by spicy fruits, blueberry, dried raspberries, and some cocoa. The palate starts off with a mix of dried cherry, oak, and dark chocolate. The oak tannins combine with the fruit, the layers complete a rich complexity that evolves as the wine aerates. The finish is long with silky smooth tannins.
2018 was another magical year here in Washington. We had lots of sunshine throughout the summer helping our grapes develop intense flavors. It was a warm vintage, but things cooled off at just the right time. Winter was mellow but the snowpack was average, so we were ready for spring. A few rains helped early season growth and things were looking great as we headed into the summer. The summer was warm with lots of long sunny days. There were some wildfires up in Canada that blew smoke into our area in mid-summer. The smoke from fires throughout the Pacific Northwest continued to crisscross across our area, luckily, we did not see any smokey impacts at our vineyard. In the end the smoke helped mitigate what would have been some very hot days, kind of helping us out in a way. The red wines from this vintage are already tasting great and should age well.
Cabernet Sauvignon is popular for a reason. The wines drink great in their youth and can age gracefully for decades. It is a pleasure to work with amazing fruit. This is a blend of our favorite barrels from our best lots. We have been exploring with new blocks in the vineyard and love how blending them together creates a rich full expression of our site. This is a combination of plantings from 1998, 2003, and 2007. Each block is in a different location of the vineyard and has a unique profile it adds to the wine. This is the first vintage we fermented some of our Cabernet in Concrete fermentation tanks. This brings out more minerality and fruit in the wine. Blending with lots aged in new and used French Oak barrels helps create a well-balanced wine. This vintage should age well for 7-10 years.