2011 Cuvee Estelle
Cuvée Estelle is a blend of MERLOT, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, and PETIT VERDOT, sourced from the Columbia Valley. It is complex and full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Notes of boysenberry, black currants and raspberry are balanced by light oak vanillin. This wine can be paired with grilled meats, roasted duck or enjoyed on its own.
The grapes were harvested separately, bunch sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton fermenters. Approximately 50% of the berries were left whole and uncrushed. After fermentation, the must was drained of free run juice and the skins were lightly pressed. The wine continued its alcoholic fermentation in French oak until it was dry and then proceeded through Malolactic conversion prior to being racked and returned to barrel. It was left to mature undisturbed for 18 months before being blended and bottled.