Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Ciel du Cheval Vyd’, Januik Winery
One characteristic contributing to the great success of Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is the high pH found in the loam topsoil of Red Mountain, courtesy of the calcium carbonate deposits left by the ancient Spokane floods. After destemming and crushing, grapes were fermented on their skins for 7 days. At that point, the wine was pressed off and aged for 20 months in new French Oak barrels to improve its already lengthy finish. This wine is overflowing with cassis, ripe raspberries, and spice notes. 201 cases produced.
The Red Mountain AVA is wonderfully suited to ripen Cabernet Sauvignon, and Ciel du Cheval Vineyard gets it right every year. This wine is overflowing with cassis, ripe raspberries, and spice notes. The palate is concentrated and brimming with black currant and chocolate flavors. Polished tannins frame a lengthy finish.
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