19/20 points—Review of Washington Wines / September More
92 Points—Wine Advocate / September 2011 More
Recommended—Wine Press Northwest / March 2011 More
Blend: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: Stone Tree Vineyards (Wahluke Slope), Pepper Bridge (Walla Walla) and Alder Ridge (Horse Heaven Hills)
Aging: 26 months in 100% new oak. 83% French and 17% American
Cases Produced: 138
Tasting Notes: Incredibly powerful aromas of cassis, dark fruits, blueberries and lavender starts the feast. Spice, cigar box earth and minerals lend their graceful characters while enormous extraction rises from the glass. While very thick and concentrated in the mouth fresh acidity and substantial fine grained tannins bode for great cellaring potential and provides a certain classic restraint and majesty. A serious wine made for serious enjoyment and a BDX blend showcasing WA State at top level. This wine will reward the patient connoisseur!
Winemaking Notes: We see Washington State as the best of both worlds meaning old and new in wine terminology! We get our grapes ripe, rich and fruity every year but there is always this old world influence of terroir, earth, minerality and great natural acidity in our wines. The Intuition is the perfect example! Big, rich and ripe but with very complex undertones of the above mentioned and a core of great balanced acidity and tannin. We use old world techniques and minimum influence production methods to showcase the vineyards in all their glory. The lots are saigne’d before fermentation, cold soaked and then left on the skins for as long a possible to increase overall structure and terroir feel.