A Cabernet from a Pinot noir winemaker, and one of the best of them, we'll add.
This beautiful 80/20 Cab-Syrah is the biggest surprise among the new Hundred Suns releases and projecting months ahead, is guaranteed to be one of the year's standout bolder reds. Explosive black and blue fruits mingle with dried herbs roasted red pepper accents and ultimately, it comes back to the fabulous fruit purity.
Grant had no preconceived notions about what Cab from The Rocks should be like, nor was he interested in "keeping up with the Joneses"—trying to compete with other producers' similar wines.
He was focused on being gentle with every aspect of winemaking and particularly with his choice in aging vessel—half in terracotta amphora and half in neutral French oak.
"In making Pinot noir you’re always trying to bring out such delicate nuances—floral, herbal, blue vs. red fruits, talking hyper specifics like 'oh, is that tarragon?' because everything is so transparent," Grant explained.
"With Cab and Syrah, there can be so many loud voices it’s hard to hear anyone speak. One of those loud voices is new oak. So, I worked to frame things in a fashion where there are fewer people in the room talking. Plus, amphora complements heavier red wines by keeping them fresh."
And reminder: it's from OREGON.
The Rocks District of Milton Freewater is Walla Walla's most famous growing area. It is often grouped with Washington wines (long story...very long) but it is decidedly on the Oregon side of the border.