2013 Marie's View

2013 Marie's View
2013 Marie's View

THE STORY:

2013 appears to have been #2 in a string of near perfect vintages. Washington State experienced a cool wet Spring followed by a warm sunny, never too hot, Summer. Although our neighbor to the south, Oregon experienced a cool wet problematic harvest, eastern Washington lived up to its fine tradition of hot dry days and cool nights. Clear, warm weather prevailed all through September and into October. We winemakers picked grapes at our leisure. It was another great year to make the second ever 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for the Marie’s View. Cab was picked from River Blocks 1 & 3 and Hill Block 18 on October 10, 2013. We make the wine in a really old-fashioned manner. Hand-picked grapes, simple crush, cold-soak for 3 days, ferment for another 18 at cool temperatures, hand-punch 3 times a day, hand-press on a wooden basket press, gravity fed to cellar (cool and open to the ground), three years aging including the final year blended in a 500 gallon French Oak tank. Envision B.B. King, Ray Charles, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Ray Vaughn in a small room backstage jamming on The Thrill Is Gone Away. The flavors should stay in your mouth for hours, strangely familiar yet so new and different.  

PRODUCTION

215 cases

RELEASE DATE

May 1, 2017

Vintage2013
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationHorse Heaven Hills
VineyardWallula
Acid5.9 g/L
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%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/09/2016
Cases Produced215

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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