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2014 Tilting at Windmills

2014 Tilting at Windmills
2014 Tilting at Windmills

Winemaker Notes: Dark purple-ruby in color. Intensely perfumed aromas of kirsch, blackberry, black currant, red plum, spice, vanilla, and minerals. Ripe lush tannins and an expansive palate with notes of cassis jam, black raspberry, blackberry, plum, kirsch flavors and notes of graphite, licorice, roasted herbs, and violets. The finish is very long with notes of black cherry, scorched earth, and white pepper. A decadent mouthful of wine with refreshing acidity and great flavor delineation. Should hit maturity in 6-8 years, will hold for 15+ years

Fermentation: The wine had a pre-fermentation maceration of 145 hours and 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 was not racked and remained on its lees until bottling. The wine was very lightly filtered to capture any remaining lees. The wine has not been fined.

Cooperage: The oak profile is 40% new French oak (predominantly from Troncais and Alliers) and 60% neutral French oak.

Cases Produced: 83

Varietal59% Grenache, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Syrah
AppellationWalla Walla
VineyardXL Vineyard, Monette's Vineyard, Les Collines Vineyard
Acid5.9 g/L TA
Aging15+ years
Volume750 ml



94 Points



The last vintage I tasted of the Tilting At Windmills was the 2012, and the 2014 Tilting At Windmills is a similar blend of 59% Grenache, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Syrah. Sporting a semi-opaque ruby color, it shows lots of Grenache flair right on opening with its kirsch, garrigue and spice-driven profile; yet the Cabernet comes through more with air and it shows a darker fruit and herbal (in a good sense) core after being open for some time. These all give way to a medium to full-bodied, sexy, utterly seamless 2014 that has beautiful freshness, ripe, sweet tannin and a clean finish. This unconventional blend has terrific complexity and keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

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