The 2018 vintage of Mistral is 97% Grenache from Red Mountain’s Ciel du Cheval vineyard and 3% Syrah from Coyote Canyon and Gamache vineyards. This fresh wine features aromas and flavors of red berries, sweet tobacco, and lavender. Aging was for 17 months in once-used American oak barrels. 93 Points!
This Grenache displays a deep ruby color and rich aromas of raspberries, mountain blueberries, black currants, crushed roses, sweet tobacco, lavender, anise and spiced incense. The flavors are simultaneously supple and bold, with lavish red and blue fruits that are intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and Red Mountain scorched earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured with pressed berries, roasted nuts, framboise and cassis liqueurs and charcoal, followed by a slightly grainy lip smacking moderate tannin finish. (Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines)
Gold Medal, Seattle Wine Awards; Gold Medal, Bellingham NW Wine Awards; -Silver Medal, Great Northwest Invitational
97% Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, 2% Gamache Vineyard, 1% Coyote Canyon Vineyard
Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 27.9%. Our grapes were hand sorted and mechanically destemmed into a small bin for a 1-2 day cold soak to bring out flavors and color. Yeast and nutrients were then added to start a 6 day fermentation. Then the “free run” wine was pumped into barrels and the remaining skins were gently pressed to extract remaining wine. into the barrels. The wine then went through a malolactic fermentation which softens the wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs with goat cheese, lamb skewers, high wind warnings and sideways rain.