Aurora

Drinking beautifully with integrated notes of cherry, rich raspberry, and spiced chocolate.

YEAR: 2015

BLEND:
52% Syrah
29% Cabernet Sauvignon
19% Cabernet Franc

SOURCE:
Syrah: Pace Vineyard, Yakima Valley AVA, Washington
Cabernet Sauvignon: Shaw Vineyard, Red Mountain AVA, Washington
Cabernet Franc: Six Prong Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Washington

ABV: 14.6%

WINEMAKER NOTES: The 2015 vintage in Washington state was the hottest to date, yet mild conditions near harvest left us with wines that exhibited both power and elegance. Inspired by some of Australia’s most famous blends, we combined soft, lush Syrah with firmly structured Cabernet Sauvignon and aromatic Cabernet franc. This dark, deep wine was aged in American oak barrels for rich tannins and structure, French barrels for enticing vanilla, and special hybrid barrels with alternating French and American oak staves for hints of clove and spice.

AWARDS:

  • Double Platinum – 2019 Winepress Northwest Platinum Awards
  • Best Cabernet Blend / Double Gold – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition – 98 Points
  • Gold – 2019 Cascadia Wine Competition
  • Gold – 2019 Critic’s Challenge – 93 Points
  • Gold – 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal – 2018 Vinalies Internationales (Paris)
  • Tasting Panel Magazine Publisher’s Picks – 91 Points

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:

  • Grilled sausage with roasted vegetables
  • Lamb
  • Venison
  • Rib-eye steak with maitre d’ butter
  • Flavorful cheeses

PRICE: $32.00


REVIEW:

“A deeply structured red, it boasts an irresistible aroma as layers of black cherry, cassis and black raspberry are accented by vanilla bean, allspice and hints of warm maple bars. Enjoy the long and savory finish. This bottling was the highest-rated Syrah-influenced wine of the Platinum, and it ranked among the most decorated red wines produced with Washington grapes during 2019 competitions across the U.S.

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ERIC DEGERMAN, GREAT NORTHWEST WINE

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