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Fourth generation Columbia Valley farmers Butch and Jerry Milbrandt honed their passion and knowledge of the land growing apples and tomatoes, but they knew that their farm was meant for grape cultivation and great wines. In 1997 they embarked on a journey to transform their land to vineyards, and in so doing became instrumental in the establishment of the Wahluke Slope and Ancient Lakes AVAs. Today, the Milbrandt brothers, along with Butch's son Buck, have fifteen vineyards in the Columbia Valley and are widely regarded as one of the premium producers of fine wine in the region. Their cuvées have received numerous 90+ ratings from the wine press, and we are thrilled to be offering their just-released crowning glory.
Located within the larger AVA of Washington State's Columbia Valley, the Wahluke Slope is particularly well suited to grape cultivation, thanks to its well-drained soils, south-facing exposure, and proximity to the Columbia River. It also happens to be the Columbia Valley's warmest area and enjoys a wide diurnal temperature variation; Wahluke Slope wines strike the perfect balance between ripe fruit characters and acidity.
Today's wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot sourced from the Milbrandt's own Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Aged for 18 months in French oak (45% new), it is ultra-ripe and fruit-driven, with abundant notes of black currants and cassis with accents of licorice, dried herbs and spicy oak. The palate is well-structured yet silky, making it ageworthy yet thoroughly enjoyable now with a brief decanting.
Producer Name: Milbrandt Vinyards
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Wahluke Slope
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Northridge Vineyard
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Winemaker: Kendall Mix
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Bordeaux Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork