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2013 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley 2013

“After the Floods”

Vintage 2013
The 2013 vintage was among the warmest in Washington State in the last 20 years, comparable to but slightly cooler than 2003 for heat units as measured in Growing Degree Days (GDD). Despite the accumulation of warmth from April to October, the overall 2013 growing season was marked by unusually consistent weather, without the heat spikes and dips of the 2003 vintage.

Varietal Blend
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 1% Mourvedre, 1% Cinsault, 1/2% Counoise, 1/2% Petit Verdot.

Vineyards
From a half-dozen vineyards located in the most prestigious growing regions of southeastern Washington: Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain, and Horse Heaven Hills.

Barrel Aging
22 months in barrel, French and American oak, 50% new barrels.

Tasting Notes

Initial aromatic notes of cherry, coffee, and red raspberry waft up to reveal subtle aspects of toasted marshmallow and fresh ground black pepper. A sip from the glass presents a wonderfully soft entry onto the palate, which leads to a full, round mouthfeel. This is a very well-balanced wine, and its finish lingers with hints of cherries and spice.

INCONCEIVABLE should, perhaps, be called “Conceived At Last!” These are wines produced and bottled by and for Middleton Family Wines. We imagined them, then considered our grape sourcing and winemaking, and declared them INCONCEIVABLE … and set about finding ways to make them anyway. It’s taken us five years to figure out this Cabernet Sauvignon.

INCONCEIVABLE WINES encourage discovery, each labeled with a map indicating physical landmarks and historic events to guide the intrepid explorer; each with aromas and flavors offering sensory landmarks to guide the curious wine lover.

pH at bottling: 3.82
TA at bottling g/L: 6.0
Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling Date: July 27, 2015 (in Walla Walla, Washington)
Cases Produced: 1,515 (12 X 750ml)

INCONCEIVABLE WINES are always “of a place.”

They have distinctive aromas and flavors indigenous and inherent to where they are grown. Our labels identify place-clues for exploring the wine within the bottle.

Inconceivable Winemaker Kendall Mix

Long long long ago, an Ice Age ice dam burst and released Lake Missoula. Lake Missoula was pretty much where Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille is today. Only it was lots bigger.

Anyway, when the ice dam would burst (more than once) a 400 foot high wall of water would rush across the Scablands of eastern Washington. It hurtled west to the Pacific, carving the landscape and depositing soil (and other stuff) along the way. Voila! The Columbia Valley AVAs.

Meanwhile, some 500 miles north and a wee bit west, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (which hadn't been named yet), Kendall Mix was waiting to be born. He waited a long long long time.

After Kendall was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he was raised there. His family enjoyed wine at meal-times. But it never occurred to Kendall that he could be a winemaker. After all, his family didn't own a vineyard.

"Never occurred" is not really correct, however. Because in Kendall's senior year studying Microbiology at the University of Alberta he enrolled in an elective course: "Introduction to Brewing & Winemaking." And it did, then, occur to him.

And the rest is history!

U.C.Davis to study viticulture and enology, studies into the effects of nitrogen fertilization and the formation of ethyl carbamite in wine, Robert Mondavi Winery, RH Phillips Vineyard, Chateau Ste. Michelle (north to the land of the Missoula Floods!), Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Corliss Estate, Tranche Cellars, Goose Ridge Estate Winery … and Kendall's own tiny family winery, Lawrelin.

"Ah," sighed a Walla Walla wine man. "We're making too much top quality Washington red wine! If only we could persuade someone like Kendall Mix to join us, I'm sure he could help us figure it out. But that's inconceivable! He is so talented, in-demand, and Canadian!"

Kendall heard of that wine man's plight, and thought, "I could help. Although I am Canadian-born, and I do love ice hockey and lacrosse, inconceivably, I could be their Walla Walla winemaker, too. It would be a simple slap shot for me."

And, so it is.

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