2013 Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

2013 Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
2013 Moonspell Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

This wine is one of our finest Cabernets that we have made to date.  Selective vineyards and winemaking practices were utilized to create a powerful yet balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that demonstrates the advantages that WA State has in the world of winemaking- longer growing days, deficit irrigation and minerally rich soils from the Missoula Floods thousands of years ago.  This Cabernet Sauvignon is one that you will want to enjoy for many years to come as it develops in the bottle and with aging. Cheers!

Tasting notes

The fruit is black as night on the nose, with black cherry, blackberry and cassis mingling with light spice and heavy earthiness. The palate is also dominated by dark fruit, vibrant blackberry, deep dark currant and plum set in a bowl of light spice and smooth tannins. The finish is cedar, cherry flesh and blackberry. 

Production notes

Harvested in the late portion of the season, we rely on both chemical analysis and flavor analysis to determine ripeness. Often the grapes will reach sugar targets long before they taste ripe. When they taste ripe, the cabernet sauvignon clusters are hand harvested, hand sorted, destemmed and lightly crushed. We only use gravity to move the crushed crapes and juice. Fermentation times in 2013 averaged 24 days, with the shortest being 14 days and the longest being 31 days. No pressed wine is used in making our Moonspell. The free run juice is barrel aged for 18 months, thoughtfully blended by our winemaking staff and bottled. 

2015  cases were made.

Other notes

Our favorite foods with this wine are: Grilled meats such as ribeye steaks and NY steaks, proscuitto and Humbolt Fog cheese on a baguette and any savory or spicy dish.

Download Wine Notes
Vintage2013
VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec & 3% Merlot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Vineyard34% Les Collines & 13% Bergevin Springs (Walla Walla); 47 % Stone Tree (Wahluke Slope); 6% Candy Mtn (Columbia Valley)
Aging18 months in 30% New Oak; 76% French Oak, 14% American oak & 10% Hungarian Oak
Alcohol13.90%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/30/2015

90 Points, Wine Spectator.  Click here for more info

The vineyards for this Cab were carefully selected for their attributes and characteristics that increase complexity and flavor.  Planted in 2000, Stone Tree is the best growing site on the Wahluke slope and is the backbone of the flavor profile and structure. The Walla Walla vineyards add elegance and balance. The Benches vineyard is Bio Dynamic, has the Columbia River just behind it and offers brightness and acidity.  Terra Blanca located in Red Mtn delivers robust tannins and big fruit.  Planted in 2009 Candy Mtn which is adjacent to Red Mtn offers deeply rich fruit flavors and a velvety finish.

Dave Harvey:

Dave Harvey joins Bergevin Lane with over 23 years of winemaking experience in Washington State working for notable wineries such as Townshend Cellars, Gordon Brothers and Terra Blanca.

“We asked Dave to join our team because of his seasoned experience with Washington vineyards and winemakin. He makes stylish and well-balanced wines -plus he’s a super nice guy,” says Amber Lane.

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