2017 Laelaps Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla AVA
Laelaps Wine's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard located on the Oregon Side in Walla Walla Valley. Wine & Spirits Magazine named it one of the ten great vineyards of the world. The soils are predominantly silt loam, which is wind-blown glacial loess that is geologically very young and full of minerals, deposited by catastrophic glacial floods that swept through this region about 15,000 years ago.
The fruit was picked October 7th - meticulously sorted, followed by a long, slow, cool fermentation. After 20 days on skins it was pressed and settled into 66% New French Oak barrels for a 22 month elevage. The result of this complex mix of minerals in the soil, lends a corresponding complexity to the wines. The nose and palate show concentrated, bright red fruit with a slight minerality and a hint of spice. It is rich, yet medium in body with balanced acid, tannin and fruit, ending with a long elegant finish.