Ned Said Red
This Bordeaux-inspired blend has layers of red fruit, hints of anise and cigar.
70% Cabernet Franc
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc: Fountain Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington
Cabernet Sauvignon: 11% Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA, Washington and 3% Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA, Washington
Merlot: Two Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA, Washington
WINEMAKER NOTES: When Bettina retired from her career at Fidelity Investments and bought Cellardoor Winery, her former employer, Ned asked her to make him a red wine. When we think of Ned saying “red,” we envision a sophisticated red Bordeaux blend. To create this blend, we like to start with Cabernet franc and Merlot, then work from there. 2013 was a wonderful vintage in Washington – hot to start with moderate temperatures to finish and a typical diurnal flux of hot days and cool nights to retain the natural acidity in the grapes. Both the Cabernet franc and Merlot came in with moderate sugar and high acid so the blend benefitted greatly from the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon which came in very ripe with high sugars from both vineyards we worked with. For aging, we chose mostly new and 1-year French barrels for the classic vanilla aromas, with a little new and 1 year Kentucky American for added tannin structure and a touch of cocoa.
- Gold – 2017 Great American International Wine Competition
- Silver – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition
- Silver – 2016 Winemaker Challenge, San Diego, CA (89 points)
- Silver – 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
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