2011 Wahluke Slope
“This elegant Cabernet Sauvignon reveals layers of dark fruit flavors with good balance between fruit and tannins. A rich and velvety texture leads in to a bright finish.”
Paired with grilled meats, game meat, braised meats and hamburgers
A combination of weather conditions led to one of the more challenging vintages in Washington state’s history. A freeze in Nov. 2010 affected sites throughout the Columbia Valley, although the Wahluke Slope was one of the sites that was virtually unaffected. Cool temperatures prevailed during the springtime which delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks, depending upon the site. Consistently warm summertime temperatures lengthened the ripening period. Many sites began harvest three weeks later than a typical year. The warm, dry October allowed the grapes to hang a bit longer creating depth without sugar accumulation.
The Wahluke Slope is nestled above the Columbia River in south-central Washington. With one of the warmest and driest climates in Washington state and sandy loam soil in the vineyards, the terroir in this historical region is perfect for creating big, bold wines with outstanding structure.
- Wahluke Slope
- Sourced from three vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA: Mrachek, Jones and Wautoma Springs, the grapes were crushed leaving 20% whole-berry to retain fruit freshness.
- 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 3% Merlot
- Barrel regime:
- 50% new and 50% older oak for 18 months.
Seven Falls was inspired by a series of seven waterfalls that once flowed along the Columbia River through what is now the acclaimed Wahluke Slope.
The Wahluke Slope is ideal for creating outspoken, true to varietal wines; bold enough to stand alone, yet elegant enough to pair well with your favorite foods.