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Library Vintages

A blend of the best elements of the new and the old worlds; wines of dimension and pleasure, wines that allow the character of Washington to shine through.

Member Area

2005 Père de Famille,

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon excelled in 2005; for me that means it developed complexity without getting overripe, cumbersome and chunky. As a result, this is the highest percent Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) we’ve ever blended into the Père de Famille. The 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec soften Cabernet’s tannins, but can’t hide its sweet aroma and flavor: black currants, minerals and a structure that gives it both density and lift.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 8% Merlot
  • 6% Petit Verdot
  • 2% Malbec

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • 63% Red Mountain
  • 21% Horse Heaven Hills
  • 16% Yakima Valley 

 

Acclaim

From Steve Tanzer in his International Wine Cellar from our tasting in July, 2007, three months after bottling:

“…crushed blackberry, licorice, minerals and spices. Wonderfully sweet … subtle cabernet notes of cassis, Belgian chocolate and fresh herbs. This dense, thick wine boasts outstanding structure and dimension, and finishes with terrific persistence. 93+ points