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2009 in Order to form a more perfect Union

2009 in Order to form a more perfect Union
2009 in Order to form a more perfect Union

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby in color with intense aromatics of cassis, black plum, violet, cedar, tobacco, black olive, exotic spices, and gravel. On the palate the wine is concentrated and rich with beautiful texture and amazing complexity. The tannins have a sublime silkiness. This gorgeous wine displays multifaceted layers of blackberry, cassis, black plum, lead pencil, mint, eucalyptus, tobacco, exotic spices, earth, and gravel. The decadent, almost haunting, finish is well over a minute long with resonant notes of earth, exotic spices, gravel, and dark chocolate. Properly cellared, this wine will gracefully evolve for 20+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 157 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 64 hours. 50% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 3 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 60% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 40% neutral French oak. The wine achieved its sparkly brilliance from 4 judicious rackings, no fining agents were employed. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees.

Cases Produced: 278

Varietal41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardDuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus, Weinbau
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging20+ years
Volume750 ml






The full name is “in Order to form a more Perfect Union.” This wine forms a striking union of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc from the DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus and Weinbau vineyards. Opaque purplish colored, it emits an intense nose of blackberry, huckleberry, cassis, attar of rose, cigar box, smoldering incense, violets and earth. The super saturated flavors fan out on the palate, loaded with licorice, bittersweet chocolate, French roast, graphite, and stony earth minerals. The intensity continues on the back with sensations of macerated berries, crème de cassis, kirsch liqueur, dried orange peel, roasted walnuts, and touches of suede leather, cinnamon bark, and sweet oak (60% new Tronçais and Allier), followed by a lingering, exotic spice and satiny sweet-dry tannin finish. This is so beautifully integrated and compelling that it gets 20/20 points.

Rand Sealey, Review of WA Wines

96 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

92+ Points



(15.2% alcohol; 41% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 23% cabernet franc): Good bright red-ruby. Expressive nose combines red cherry, rose petal and a whiff of menthol, plus a suggestion of minerality; shows strong evidence of the cabernet franc component as well as a distinct Barbaresco quality. Densely packed, silky and uncompromisingly dry, with the concentrated cherry and raspberry fruit element complicated by saline minerality and musky soil tones. Offers a lovely combination of breadth and inner-mouth perfume, and finishes with excellent grip. The Naravanes pay by the acre for this fruit from DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysus and Weinbau and the overall yield was in the two-tons-per-acre range. This will need patience.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

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