THE C.R. SANDIDGE WINES

2020 Artist Series Caris

Red Blend

Cabernet Franc 68%
Merlot 32%

The 2020 vintage was a growing season rating an amazing 8.5 edging towards 9.0 on a scale of 0 to 10.  Early – spring and summer weather was almost ideal.  The only real wrinkle was when arsonists north of Chelan decided to start several forest fires.  Ash plumbs flowing south – southwest towards the Lake Chelan valley miraculously missed our Purtteman estate vineyard!  Fires both lightening caused and those set by arsonists in Oregon drifted up into south central Washington however, the distance from those fires was enough to not cause smoke taint issues.

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The harvest for this fine red wine blend came from a single vineyard site.  Small berries packed with dark purple color, black fruit and red berry flavors and aromas provided the generous backbone of this fine wine.  The Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes were harvested from the Wahluke Slope “Stone Tree” vineyard.

  • Harvest:  All fruit was hand-picked, sorted and destemmed – crushed into one ton fermentation bins.
  • Fermentation:  A yeast developed in northern France was utilized for the primary fermentation.  The various musts were fermented for 8 to 12 days on the skins prior to pressing.
  • Malo-lactic conversion:  Malo – lactic conversion was fully completed while the wine was in barrels utilizing the native bacteria.
  • All wines were aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.  The French oak forests we sourced was “Center of France”.
  • Filtration Level:  Very tight at bottling.

Definitely happy with the quality this fine wine blend provided Athena and I.  Our 2020 Caris is a wine which is elegant yet possesses enough body to easily carry the day.  Flavors and aromas of harmonious barrel notes plus a touch of sage, ripe strawberries and black cherries complete the flavor and aroma profile.  This is a great food wine.  Match with a wild mushroom cobbler or an alder plank baked fillet of wild caught salmon served with a delicious blueberry sauce. Our family thanks you for your friendship and support.  Enjoy!!

Wine Specs

Specification Value
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
pH: 3.62
Acidity: 5.5g/liter
Residual Sugar: 1g/liter
Cases Produced: 201
AVA: Columbia Valley

Non-Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $50.00
Case Discount: 15%

Club Member Pricing

Bottle Price: $40.00
Case Discount: 30%