2019 Three Rivers Svelte Bordeaux Red, Columbia Valley
In 2006 we created this stunning blend that didn’t stick to just Bordeaux varietals so we needed to come up with a proprietary name for our top tier blend. We were updating our look for this bottle as well so it was perfect timing. We searched high and low and were enamored with the word “Svelte”: urbane, suave, sleek and polished. This word was the perfect fit to describe our elegant beauty. Over a decade later, we still get excited making this age-worthy blend with no constraints. Each year we taste through every barrel in our cellar and rate them by color, aromatics, flavors, balance, intensity, complexity and varietal and site accuracy. The highest rated wines become candidates for our Svelte. With the addition this year of aging in 100% new French oak for an extended period of time, we hope to lift the fruit to new heights.
60% Heart of the Hill Vineyard Petit Verdot, Red Mountain 25% Seven Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 15% Summit View Vineyard Malbec, Walla Walla Valley
September 25-October 21
15 months in 100% new French oak
January 19, 20201
We had a snowy start to the 2019 growing season and a wet spring without much frost pressure. The weather improved in June and continued with a nice, warm summer. We picked the vineyards for this wine. September 25 – October 1, right around when this short yet impressive harvest came to a close. Higher acidities and lower alcohols are to be expected with our wines for this vintage that are showing tremendous age-ability which is something harder to achieve in a hotter vintage.