2013 was another excellent vintage in Washington State, made slightly unusual by 80 plus temperatures in April and 90 plus temperatures in May. This uncommon early season heat caused bud break and growth to be early and rapid, exceeding average by about ten days. An average summer meant veraison and harvest began early, which led to ripe fruit throughout the state. Once again, average in Washington is everyone else great. Fruit was predominately sourced from The Sagemoor Farms Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA.
Product Information Specifications for 2013 House of Independent Producers HIP Merlot 750ml Below:
Slip into something lush... Sweet Bliss Red is a perfect wine for people who appreciate the complexity and rich texture of a superb red wine, but prefer an approachable, fruit-forward, off-dry flavor profile. The label artwork of Sweet Bliss Red depicts the essence and flavors of the wine flawlessly. A ripe red cherry dipped in sumptuous, melted chocolate irresistibly inspires you to delight in this sweet, luscious red wine. The aromas are a divine harmony of ripe red fruit and subtle toasted oak with deep cherry flavors and a velvety chocolate mouth feel. Sweet Bliss Red is strikingly versatile - so no need to be too precious with food pairings. Have a ball and experiment pairing this lush wine with your tastiest favorites. Serve it up with barbecued chicken, grilled burgers or pizza... For the ultimate indulgence, pair Sweet Bliss Red with chocolate cake, cheesecake and cobblers. Of course, we tempt you to pour Sweet Bliss all on its own as a divine aperitif.
2012 Descendants Liegeois Dupont Red Mountain Syrah 750ml
Manufacturer: Hedges Family Estate
Brand: Hedges Family Estate
2012 was another excellent and more normal vintage in Washington State, a welcome change after the cooler and wetter 2010 and 2011 vintages. The “fading” La Nina current brought warmer and more even spring and summer temperatures and an extended warm, dry autumn with perfect 80 to 85 Fahrenheit afternoon highs and 40 to 50 Fahrenheit lows without rain. The result was great set that yielded ripe, disease free fruit with good natural acidity. The resulting wines reflect the excellent qualities of the fruit and are a pleasure to drink. Probably one of the top 5 vintages I’ve been associated with in Washington State.
2009 Volta Cabernet Sauvignon Mission Ridge Napa Valley 750 mL
Manufacturer: Volta Wine
Abundant spring rains abated winter drought concerns and a relatively temperate growing season produced ideal growing conditions and excellent fruit quality. Our winemaking team found 2009 to be a terrific harvest. The grapes came in without a rush, ripened thoroughly and showed good fruit quality. We were excited about the wineâ€™s intensity and clarity of flavors, aromas, acids and tannins.