Winemaker's Notes

2013 Caris 2017-04-21T03:47:31+00:00


2013 Caris

Red Blend

Merlot 51%
Malbec 34%
Cab Franc 15%

2013 was a very fine growing season. It was a tad warmer and more extended yet than the 2012 vintage. Grape growers were able to hang decent amounts of fruit and have the grapes fully ripen come September and October.

This superb red wine was crafted using grapes from a number of outstanding Washington State AVA. The Malbec and Merlot were harvested from the Yakima Valley AVA region. The grower was none other than Bob Buoy. Bob is one of our State’s finest. He is not only a great grower, he is also very fortunate… some might even say lucky. The site where he decided to plant vineyards is just west of the town of Benton City. The terroir is simply amazing for growing serious red wine grapes varieties. Only 18 – 24 inches of clay loam top soil exist prior to encountering fractured calcareous basalt and finally basalt bedrock. The vineyard growth is easily manipulated as it is easy to water stress. The Cabernet Franc was harvested from a Walla Walla AVA site. This particular site is located on a deep bed of loess soil. Loess soils are the result of thousands of years of soil particles being deposited by the wind. Some loess soils in the Walla Walla area are known to possess over 300 feet of top soil!

All fruit was handpicked into ½ ton bins. Within hours, the fruit arrived at the winery to ensure the highest quality possible. All of the grapes were sorted by hand to glean out any damaged fruit. The grapes clusters were destemmed and lightly crushed into one – ton fermentation bins. The yeast fermentation proceeded at temperatures ranging from 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit over a twenty two day period. Once the yeast fermentation was complete, the wines were transferred to new French Oak barrels. The malo – lactic fermentation was permitted to take place in the barrels using native bacteria. After twenty – two months of barrel aging, the wines were racked from barrel and bottled. This wine was tightly filtered at bottling.

Be prepared to go weak in the knees. Once again, the tradition of crafting a very elegant red possessing excellent fruit and barrel complexities is present with this rendition of Caris. Bright red – black cherry, blueberry and a slight note of cassis are matched perfectly with caramel, toasted coconut and graham cracker barrel flavors and aromas. The mouthfeel is luscious and persistent. This wine may be aged a good 8 to 10 years. Enjoy with Eggplant Parmigiana, grilled filet mignon or a rich beef stew. I would recommend you decant this wine a good thirty minutes prior to consuming if opened before 2017.

Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 14.4%
Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter
pH: 3.58
Residual Sugar: 2 grams per liter
Cases Produced: 307

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $45.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $30.00
Case Discount: 30%