Winemaker's Notes

2015 Triumph 2017-10-17T17:25:20+00:00

THE C.R. SANDIDGE WINES

2015 Triumph Red Blend

The Blend

Malbec 50%
Cabernet Sauvignon 38%
Merlot 12%
By most accounts, the 2015 vintage was a growing season winemakers were quite pleased with. I rated it a solid 8.5 on a scale of 0 to 10. Our grape growers hung decent amounts of fruit on their vines which were able to fully ripen come September and October. The grape varieties Malbec and Merlot performed exceptionally well. Great – ripe red and black berry flavors, fine grained tannins and decent acidity were what characterizes the fruit which ultimately was crafted into our 2015 Triumph.
2015 Triumph was made using grapes from two solid Washington State vineyards. The Bob Buoy vineyard located in the Yakima Valley AVA region supplied the Malbec and Merlot fruit. Bob’s vineyard site is just west of the town of Benton City. The terroir is amazing for growing red wine grape 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. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was harvested from the Rattlesnake Hills AVA Dineen vineyard. This warm vineyard site possesses great potential. Deep sand – gravel soils and proper elevation make for an excellent combination to grow very high quality fruit.
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 on the grape skins at temperatures ranging from 60 – 89 degrees Fahrenheit over a nineteen day period. Once the yeast fermentation reached a Brix reading between 6 and 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.
This wine is elegant and supple. Ripe red and black fruits are the adjectives to describe the fruit components of this fine wine. Black cherry notes combine with those of red currants and raspberry. The colors of purple and red grace the halo in the taster’s glass. French oak barrels toss in flavors and aromas of vanilla bean, coffee and toasted coconut. The mouthfeel is full bodied. Delicate and fine grained tannins compliment the luscious fruit making this a very soft and approachable vintage for this wine. The 2015 Tri*Umph wine may be aged a good 4 to 6 years. A paring with white bean and sausage stew or braised beef short ribs should do the trick. Thank-you for your friendship and support. Enjoy!!

Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 14.6%
Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter
pH: 3.54
Residual Sugar: 2 grams per liter
Cases Produced: 180
Residual Sugar: 2 grams per liter
AVA: Columbia Valley/Rattlesnake Hills
TASTING ROOM ONLY

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $65.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $52.00
Case Discount: 30%