Due to Paul Champoux’s retirement, we lost the source of Cabernet grapes from this vineyard. So, sadly, this will be our last vintage of this wine. Fortunately, it is a stellar year; comprised of 83% Cab and 17% Cab Franc and aged in 50% new French oak, it has the aristocratic character typical of this iconic vineyard. We suggest you stock up now and enjoy over the next 20+ years.
This is my favorite vintage of this wine because it is so close to the style I originally targeted of berry fruit, earthy, and herbaceous flavors with a firm tannic structure. The grapes, including 5% Cab Franc, were sourced from the Champoux, Dineen, Elephant Mt., Klipsun, and Weinbau vineyards and aged in 30% new French oak.
Stampede Pass Cabernet Franc
It is very rare for us to make a wine that is 100% from only one grape varietal. But after doing many tasting trials, I could not find a blend preferable to one comprised entirely of Cab Franc from the Dineen and Slide Mt. vineyards. Aged in 10% new French oak to not over power the subtle flavors of the grape, it is quite dark, concentrated, and with a plush texture similar to a fine Pomerol.
Artist Series #14
This wine is a blend of 57% Cab and 43% Cab Franc from the Champoux, Dineen, Elephant Mt., and Weinbau vineyards and aged in 20% new French oak. Always one of our most popular wines, it is distinguished by its delicious flavors, density, and plush texture.
This vintage is as close as we’ve come to achieving our model of a substantial Right-Bank-styled wine. It was aged in only 10% new French oak to preserve the subtle varietal flavors and also includes 11% Cab and 6% Cab Franc. The grapes are sourced from the Champoux, Charbonneau, Elephant Mt., Klipsun, and Slide Mt. Vineyards.
We had an abundance of excellent Cab Franc grapes this vintage, which is why this wine is over half Cab Franc. It also has 29% Merlot and 17% Cab. As usual, it has a delicious complexity of flavors and a structure that is both drinkable early on but will also age well.
This wine is a testament to the power of blending. It is comprised of barrels that stylistically did not fit into the other wines. But blending them together produced a wine unique for its combination of dark color, tasty flavors, concentration, and supple texture. It is 68% Cab and 32% Merlot.