THE C.R. SANDIDGE WINES
The 2014 vintage was a growing season any winemaker would be happy with. I personally rated it a solid 8.5 on a scale of 0 to 10. Grape growers were able to hang decent amounts of fruit and have the grapes fully ripen come September and October. The grape varieties Malbec and Merlot performed magnificently. Great – ripe red and black berry flavors, fine grained tannins and decent acidity were what characterizes the fruit which ultimately was crafted into our 2014 Caris.
Our 2014 Caris was crafted using grapes from a single excellent Washington State vineyard. Namely, the Bob Buoy vineyard located in the Yakima Valley AVA region. Bob is one of our State’s finest. He is refreshing to work with as he is totally dedicated to growing superb quality grapes. His vineyard site is just west of the town of Benton City. The terroir is amazing for growing red wine grapes varieties possessing impressive depth and structure. 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.
As is customary, 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 or MOG (material other than grapes) such as leaves. The grapes clusters were destemmed and the berries lightly crushed into one – ton fermentation bins. The yeast fermentation proceeded at temperatures ranging from 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit over a thirteen day period. Once the yeast fermentation reached a Brix reading of 10, the wine was pressed off. The malo – lactic fermentation was permitted to occur while the wine was in barrel utilizing native ML bacteria. Twenty-two months of barrel aging in 100% new French oak was deemed perfect. The wine was tightly filtered at bottling.
ELEGANT……. alluring, soft and supple are the appropriate adjectives to describe the fine wine. Big red and black fruit flavors and aromas are present up front. A slight hint of new leather mingles with vanilla bean and toasted coconut compliments of the French oak barrel aging. The mouthfeel is full bodied and just keeps giving long after passing over your palate. This wine may be aged a good 6 to 9 years. Enjoy with the finest blue cheeses or salted – roasted nuts. Grilled or pan – seared salmon finished with a nice currant or huckleberry sauce is a good paring too. Thank-you for your friendship and support. Enjoy!!
|Acidity:||5.3 grams per liter|
|Residual Sugar:||2 grams per liter|