2018 JRG Red Wine

2018 J|R|G

Vintage Notes

2018 started out with a late bud break which can be beneficial in frost prone areas, delaying the emergence of tender young green shoots closer to Mother’s Day, the unofficial start of summer in the Columbia Valley. The conversations in the vineyard come June always revolve around “how late or early are we”? The character of the vintage is determined in July and August with the quality coming down to what happens in September and October, so I don’t fret too much about when bud break occurs. Perfect temperatures made up for the late bud break and caught everything up by the beginning of June. Bloom was very even and fast, which is ideal. This translates to a majority of the clusters ripening at the same time come veraison (the time when the berries transition from growth to ripening) and a good fruit set (crop level). This is generally a good thing as long as your crop level is thinned to appropriate levels pre- veraison. Heat didn’t arrive until July, which was perfect timing to help shut down vegetative growth. July was hot but not for extended periods. There seemed to be an on/off switch, which helped the vines recover. This trend continued throughout August and September. Temperatures through September and October were perfect, with a few days in the seventies come the third week in October! We had everything in by the second week of October. These moderate temperatures allowed a slow “braze” of the fruit. I think you could have made any style of Cabernet you wanted with this vintage since the ripening window was so wide. As usual, we made the Pamplin style.

Blend Details

88% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot


51% Red Mountain
26% Horse Heaven Hills
17% Walla Walla Valley
6% Rattlesnake Hills


29% Scooteney Flats
22% Klipsun
19% Discovery
17% Seven Hills
7% Canoe Ridge Estate
6% Elephant Mountain

Harvest Dates

September 20 – October 13, 2018

Aging Profiles

20 months in new (26%), single use (29%) and neutral (45%) French oak barrels


14.2% by volume

Release Date

Spring, 2022


1,024 cases of 750mL bottles

Paul G on Wine 93 pointsThis blended red brings together grapes from a plenitude of Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, Rattlesnake Hills and Walla Walla Valley vineyards. It’s principally Cabernet Sauvignon, with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Though produced by an Oregon winery, it’s classic Washington in style and focus. Chewy, chunky flavors of black cherry, cassis, tobacco, graphite and slate combine in a powerful wine that emulates Washington Bordeaux blends selling for considerably higher dollars. Though this is not an expensive wine, it includes grapes from such iconic sites as Klipsun, Seven Hills and Elephant Mountain, afforded extended aging in one quarter new oak. 1024 cases; 14.2%; $40 (Columbia Valley) (Paul Gregutt / December 31, 2022 / www.paulgwine.com)


Wine Spectator 92 pointsSupple and refined, this red has attractive black cherry, dusty herb and spice flavors that take on structure toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 1,024 cases made. (Tim Fish)