Cut Bank Estate Vineyard
Our estate vineyard sits at 1467ft. in elevation, high for the Walla Walla Valley. Named for the small cliff formed by erosion as Mill Creek flows through the valley, the vineyard is graced by gentle breezes off the Blue Mountains that cool temperatures and just enough precipitation to enable dry-farming. Ideally situated, the southwest exposure provides ample sunshine for slow and even ripening. The Cut Bank Estate Vineyard is planted to the cornerstones of our portfolio: Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 acres; Merlot, 4 acres; Syrah, 2 acres; Sangiovese, 1.5 acre; and Petit Verdot, 0.5 acre.
Cut Bank Estate Wines
The 2012 vintage is our inaugural offering of Cut Bank Estate wines. Long days and cool nights, gentle breezes, and perfectly timed precipitation mark this growing season along the Mill Creek Valley. These idyllic conditions allowed for wines with vibrant color, plush flavors, balanced acidity and structured tannins. Approachable now, they will only benefit with additional time in bottle. They will be released in fall 2017, first to our wine club members.
2012 Cut Bank Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, $60, 154 cases
As the saying goes, Cab is King. This one ascends the throne with layered complexity, depth, structure and a site-specific balance found only in the Upper Mill Creek area of the Walla Walla Valley. Aromas of violet, plum, black currant and woody herbs waft out of the glass. Greeted by blackberry on the palate, the Cab opens to flavors of pomegranate, sage and crushed granite all backed by nuanced tannins. The finish is laced with black pepper and dark chocolate covered espresso beans.
2012 Cut Bank Estate Vottavo, $60, 175 cases
Take the racy elegance and spice of Sangiovese, add Merlot’s lush mouthfeel and rich, fruit flavors, and complete the package with the intense color and structured tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon and you have our Vottavo. The name is a nod to our history as the eighth winery in the appellation as “ottavo” means eighth in Italian. Cranberry and cassis pop out of the glass, backed by hints of leather and buttered toast. Bright fruit graces the palate, cherry with a dash of vanilla, opening to strawberry-rhubarb pie. Impeccably balanced, drifting through fine-grained tannins, cedar and clove in the lingering finish.