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2013 in Order to form a more perfect Union

2013 in Order to form a more perfect Union
2013 in Order to form a more perfect Union

Winemaker Notes: Vibrant deep purple in color. The aromatics lead with Asian spices and earth and give way to notes of black currant, blackberry, leather, cedar, tobacco, and tar. On the palate the wine is concentrated and rich with beautiful texture that displays full bodied silky tannins and amazing complexity. This gorgeous wine displays multifaceted layers of blackberry, huckleberry, black plum, espresso, lead pencil, mint, tobacco, Asian spices, earth, and gravel. Properly cellared, this wine should reach maturity in 10-12 years andwill gracefully evolve for 20+ years.

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration average of 147 hours and a post-fermentation maceration average of 125 hours. 100% Native fermentation. The wine was punched down by hand 2 times each day during macerations and fermentation. All individual wine components, including free run and press fractions, were kept separate until final blending. 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.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 70% new French oak puncheons (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 30% neutral French oak.

Cases Produced: 124

Varietal40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardFirethorn, Bacchus, DuBrul, Kiona, Dionysys, XL, Weinbau
Acid6.4 g/L TA
Aging20+ years
Volume750 ml



94 Points



Checking in as a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2013 In Order To Form A More Perfect Union is a seamless, perfumed, complex and incredibly complete wine that offers layers of sweet red and black fruits, spring flowers, violets and hints of vanilla. While leaning towards the lighter side of full-bodied, it has fabulous intensity of flavor, ultra fine tannin and an already upfront, impossible to resist profile that will continue to impress for at least 10-15 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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