Cedar + Salmon Red Blend 2016
The structure of this bold Red Blend pairs perfectly with a hearty mushroom bolognese, braised oxtail, or grilled pork tenderloin with a blackberry cabernet sauce.
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The aromas in this blend (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot) enticingly evoke a freshly baked blueberry pie. Cinnamon and blueberry jam work around the palate as mocha-kissed oak aligns with fine-grained tannins. This elegant red finishes with fennel root and a blackolive savoriness.
Capturing the region’s authenticity and allure, Cedar + Salmon wines honor the unique spirit of the Pacific Northwest and give cause for celebration. Known for an abundance of natural resources, a harmonious relationship has long existed between the land and its people. Carefully cultivated farms and vineyards grown in mineral rich soils produce wines that exude the essence of the region’s diverse environment. Balanced and versatile, these food-friendly wines deliver bright fruit flavors with a well-rounded finish.
Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years and is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers.
The Walla Walla Valley, a Native American name meaning “many waters,” is located in southeastern Washington; part of the appellation actually extends into Oregon. Soils here are well-drained, sandy loess over Missoula Flood deposits and fractured basalt.
It is a region perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of red berry, black olive, smoke and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create a range of styles from smooth and supple to robust and well-structured. White varieties are rare but some producers blend Sauvignon Blanc with Sémillon, resulting in a rich and round style, and plantings of Viognier, while minimal, are often quite successful.
Of note within Walla Walla, is one new and very peculiar appellation, called the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. This is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries are totally defined by the soil type. Soils here look a bit like those in the acclaimed Rhône region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but are large, ancient, basalt cobblestones. These stones work in the same way as they do in Chateauneuf, absorbing and then radiating the sun's heat up to enhance the ripening of grape clusters. The Rocks District is within the part of Walla Walla that spills over into Oregon and naturally excels in the production of Rhône varieties like Syrah, as well as the Bordeaux varieties.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.