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Animale 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Label

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

AVA: Red Mountain

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Kiona 1973 Vines, Benton City

Alcohol: 14.3%

Production: 23 cases

Harvest Dates and Brix at Harvest:

  • 10/30/2008, 25.8 brix

Aging:

  • 50% 1-year old French oak, 8 months; 50% stainless steel

Tasting Notes:

Deep garnet with magenta edge, brilliant; mint, thyme and other spices at first, departing to leave predominantly blueberry, with notes of other black fruit and hints of leather; heavy body, firm, food-friendly acidity, intense palate of blackberry, cherry and Italian prune, finishes with candied fruit and black tea.

Winemaker Comments:

The cool 2008 vintage made for a very late harvest at the normally ultra-hot, early harvest Red Mountain growing site. The long hang-time, and the ancient vines themselves, resulted in a complex, powerful and age-worthy wine.

Label Art: Cheryl King, Seattle, WA