2017 JRG Red Wine

2017 J|R|G

Vintage Notes

The 2017 vintage started out with a cool, wet winter, with significantly above average snowfall in eastern Washington.  Going into spring, the cooling trend continued.  “We thought we might have another 2011 on our hands,” one winemaker said, referring to the recent, historically cool vintage.  As a result, bud break in 2017 was behind historical averages and significantly behind the most recent warm vintages of 2013-2015.  Bloom was also slightly delayed.  The early part of summer saw average temperatures in the Columbia Valley followed by above average temperatures in July and August.  As a result, heat accumulation was a bit above average for the season, despite the cool start.  Harvest began right on schedule, perhaps even a bit early, in late August.  Wildfires occurred throughout the Pacific Northwest late in the growing season, but thankfully there was no widespread concern of smoke taint in the grapes.  In the second half of September, temperatures cooled considerably, which delayed ripening.  “Things just kind of stalled,” one winemaker said.  This allowed for luxurious amounts of hang time without the threat of increased sugar accumulation, stretching harvest into the first week of November.  As a result, winemakers reported that sugars were slightly down in 2017 whereas acid levels were up.  Overall, quality was assessed at being high.

Blend Details

88% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Merlot
3% Petit Verdot

Appellations

46% Red Mountain
24% Walla Walla Valley
18% Horse Heaven Hills
12% Rattlesnake Hills

Vineyards

25% Scooteney Flats
21% Klipsun
21% Summit View
12% Elephant Mountain
9% Canoe Ridge Estate
9% Discovery
3% Seven Hills

Harvest Dates

September 28 – October 24, 2017

Aging Profiles

20 months in new (21%), single use (24%) and neutral (55%) French oak barrels

Alcohol

14.2% by volume

Release Date

Spring, 2021

Production

803 cases of 750mL bottles

91 points, Wine EnthusiastTasting Panel - 91 points

Deep garnet color, berry and earth nose, smooth texture, dense flavors of berries, earth, spice with a long finish.