The Aquilini marketing team branded this tier under the concept that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to master something of importance. Under that concept, it would require winemaker working 40 hours a week five years or less to really hone their craft. Ivy League grad Joshua Maloney already had logged that much time in the cellar by the time he landed the job as red winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2005. A couple of years ago, the Cornell product took the reins for much of Aquilini’s projects, and this Left Bank-inspired blend off estate vines on Red Mountain is one to be savored. He arrived at a formula of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Merlot (32%), Petit Verdot (7%), Malbec (3%) and Cabernet Franc from lots that spent 18 months in 50% new American oak. It’s complex and plush, yet there’s a framework for aging. Aromas of Bing cherry, dusty plum and dried blueberry include cocoa powder. On the palate, the fruit is reminiscent of cassis and dark cherry with blackberry acidity and a chocolaty finish that still leaves room for some Red Mountain power. These wines are available at Total Wine and More throughout the Northwest.
Production: 500 cases