2017 The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon
90 PTS
Wine Enthusiast

The Soldier - working the long hours, quietly carrying the heavy weight of duty with love and courage. The Soldier is sourced from the exceptional vineyards of the Columbia Valley.

Accolades
90 PTS
Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Notes

The Soldier has a brooding dark garnet color with brick red edges. There are aromas of baked blueberry pie, cocoa powder and plum with savory nuances like fresh sage, tobacco leaf and ground clove. Immediate fruit flavors like dark cherry and currant are accentuated by clove, sage and toasty oak. This is a big wine with tannin that turns from chewy to dusty through the mid palate. Bright and balanced acidity leads to a complex and structured finish. Drinking beautifully now and has terrific cellaring potential.

Vineyard Notes

70% Columbia Valley, 23% Red Mountain, 7% Walla Walla Valley

Winemaker Notes

Grape clusters are destemmed and gently crushed to break the berry skin. A small portion of whole berries are also included in the must to soften overall wine tannins. The must is then cold soaked for 48 hours with daily pump overs. Fermentation occurs in a stainless steel open-top tank with twice daily punch downs. Wines are tasted daily during fermentation to monitor tannins and overall extraction. Grape skins are removed from the wine when optimal flavor and texture are obtained and the barreled down for extended aging in French and American oak.

Technical Notes
  • Vintage 2017
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Columbia Valley
  • Alcohol 14.5
2017 The Soldier Cabernet Sauvignon
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