2012 Marie's View

2012 Marie's View
2012 Marie's View

THE STORY:

2012 appears to have been a perfect vintage for the very first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Marie’s View.  Washington State experienced a cool wet Spring followed by a warm sunny, never too hot, Summer.  Completely dry Fall conditions brought on a big fire season in Eastern Washington.  Clear, warm weather prevailed all through September into late October.  We winemakers picked grapes at our leisure.  It was the perfect year to make the first ever 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for the Marie’s View.  Cab was picked from Block R1 & R3 on September 29 and from Block 18 on October 24.  I had a Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift, and Nicole Kidman entourage of flavors and beauty to work with.  Somebody had to do it………

PRODUCTION

196 cases

RELEASE DATE

April 15, 2016

Vintage2012
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardWallula
PH3.94
Aging50% new Millet and Taransaud French oak and 50% neutral French oak for 24 months, then blended to a neutral tank for 4 months of flavor profile assimilation.
FermentationSoaked on skins for 18 days with cool fermentation in the range of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Alcohol14.50%
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/10/2015

91 POINTS - Wine Advocate

More fresh and floral, the 2012 Marie’s View is another outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon (all from the Wallula Vineyard) from winemaker Rob Newsom that was aged 24 months in equal parts new and neutral French oak. Violets, underbrush, mint and plum and darker fruits all emerge from this medium to full-bodied red that has bright acidity and supple tannins. Drink it anytime over the coming 15 years or more.

100% Wallula Vineyard

Considered by some to be the best vineyard site in Washington state, Wallula Vineyard is a picturesque growing location nestled high above the mighty Columbia River south of Kennewick. The vineyard is planted on south-facing slopes which vary from 2% up to 30% grade and its perimeter totals 9 miles of varied terrain.  Of this perimeter, the shore of the Columbia River provides nearly 3.5 miles of waterfront. From the river's edge at 320 feet above sea level, the property climbs a distance of nearly 3.5 miles to its peak elevation of 1367 feet. The lower elevations of the property provide ideal growing conditions for ultra-premium reds while conditions at the upper elevations allow for high quality whites to be grown. The river is of utmost importance as the water acts as a massive insulator where during the day heat accumulates quickly and at night it provides a cooling effect once the sun goes down.

Wallula's beauty as well as its suitability to winegrapes is due in part to the huge Missoula floods that raced down the Columbia River during the last ice age. The surging waters deposited Shano silt loam soils on the site, and carved the steep, basalt-rimmed canyon walls atop which the vineyards are planted.

Rob Newsom

Rob Newsom, the Louisiana-born founder of Washington State’s already legendary Boudreaux Cellars, was inspired and tutored by Leonetti Cellar icon Gary Figgins. This former professional alpinist, ice climbing pioneer, and developer of the Gore-Tex fly-fishing wader, is known widely for his bold, rich cabernet sauvignons. Never afraid to experiment, smooth exotic blends are one of Rob’s specialties.

His background in musical performance, cooking and grilling, scientific analysis, and marketing combine with his sly sense of humor and global experience to make Rob engaging and entertaining. Rob was chosen as Seattle Magazine’s Best New Winemaker of the Year in 2007. He is serving his second term on the board of directors of the Washington Wine Institute and also serves on the board of Acoustic Sound, Inc. producers of Wintergrass.

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