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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Desert Wind Ruah 2007
Desert Wind Ruah 2007
(search item no. 99362)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 48% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc.

Desert Wind's signature blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot embodies our commitment to the "spirit" of classical Bordeaux red winemaking. Each lot that comprises the Ruah was personally selected by the winemaker as best showcasing the quality of fruit from Desert Wind Vineyard. The nose of the wine is intensely aromatic, with Bing cherry, cinnamon, and toasted walnut in the forefront. On the palate, flavors of cherry, raspberry, and clove mingle harmoniously with supple tannins ending in a long finish. Enjoy with a ride array of foods. Drink now or cellar until 2012.

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About Desert Wind:

The concept to create this brand began with the idea to create a blended red wine. The intent was to make a Bordeaux-like blend using Washington fruit, this objective in turn led to the creation of Desert Wind. Desert Wind was first the name of the vineyard site. It had come about simply enough, coined by Jo Ann Fries; it implied the climate in eastern Washington where the vineyard was planted. Desert Wind came to be synonymous with the superior wines it was capable of producing and thus was translated into the winery name. The theory behind Desert Wind is small lots of fruit, longer barrel aging techniques and something that is created to be very unique and personal.