2014 Element Red Blend

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Winemaking Notes

After harvesting the Merlot in late September and early October 2014, the grapes for this wine were destemmed at the winery and transferred to tanks. Fermentation occurred at 85°F in small-lot, stainless steel tanks following up to three days of cold soaking on the skins. During fermentation, pump-overs were used for intense extraction of color and flavor. Malolactic fermentation was completed to create a round mouthfeel. All lots were barrel aged in 225-liter and 265-liter barrels for 19 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 27% of which were new.

Tasting Notes

Bold and fruit-forward, our Element Red Blend is our expression of Wahluke Slope. With Merlot and Cabernet at the base of the blend, the 2014 vintage offered a stunning example of what Washington can do with Merlot. We added Cabernet Sauvignon and a bit of Malbec to build the palate and add power. On the palate, intense aromas of toasted oak are followed by dark fruit, ripe plum and cassis, blending with subtle hints of brown spice, leather and dark chocolate. Mouth-filling tannins lead to a long, lingering and smooth finish. Try this Cabernet Merlot blend with your favorite filet, an awesome pair.

Varietal Content:  74% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec
Appellation:  Wahluke Slope
Alcohol Content:  14.5%