Justin Neufeld
July 25, 2023 | Justin Neufeld

2023 Fall Wine Club Offerings




2021 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Justin's Winemaking Notes: 

Tech notes: 57% Elephant Mountain Vineyard, 29% Two Blondes Vineyard, 14% Red Willow Vineyard Assemblage: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon & 14% Merlot

2021 Ciel du Cheval Mourvedre

Every year we get a small amount of grapes from Ciel du Cheval that are not Cabernet Sauvignon that we release to wine club and then on our website. Last year we released a Syrah and this year we have a Mourvedre. Mourvedre is a medium bodied and rustic grape. It is typically used as a blending grape in the Rhone Valley, along with Syrah and Grenache. I love how this wine turned out, it is earthy with lighter tannins. I am really looking foward to enjoying this wine with roasted vegetables this fall.

2021 Two Blondes Cabernet Sauvignon

We have been working with Two Blondes Vineyard for over ten vintages and each year we are reminded why we keep coming back. The aromatics and elegance of fruit is so special and is such a great part of our program. The 2021 vintage was especially good so we decided to make two vineyard designate wines from that vintage. The 2021 Ciel Cab, which we will release next spring (the 2020 just received 92 points from Jeb Dunnuck and is tasting fantastic at the moment) and the 2021 Two Blondes Cab included in this release. 

Tech notes:

2019 Old Goat

Justin's Winemaking Notes: The goal with the Old Goat is simply to craft the best wine we can with what the vintage gave us. It can be a blend of varieties and vineyards, whatever it needs to be. In 2019 the Merlot from Red Willow was outstanding. It helped to flesh out the Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a somewhat rounder mouthfeel and filled in the gaps on the palette.  On the nose it offered up a darker fruit component in the blend, but does not overwhelm the Cabernet. The goal with the concrete is to get the wine off of the wood and allow the components of the wine time to stew and come together before bottling. 

Tech notes: 19 months in 67% new French oak (Boutes, Sylvain & Taransaud) and 33% neutral French oak. It was then blended and aged an additional 10 months in concrete tank. Unfined and unfiltered.

Alcohol – 14.0%  TA –  6.4 g/L   pH – 3.65

This wine was just scored by James Suckling: 

2019 OLD GOAT - 92PTS

This has aromas of bitter chocolate, mint, blackcurrants and wild blueberries. Chalky minerality ensues on the palate, with a full body and firm, grainy tannins. Tangy acidity. Let it soften. 67% cabernet sauvignon and 33% merlot. Try after 2024.



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