Black purple, dark and broody. Wet earth, violets, burnt anise, wild blackberries and black Indian ink make this wine a beautifully complex head turner to ponder over or enjoy without thoughts but with friends.
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
2014 had an early spring and a wonderful, long summer with cool nights to help maintain great acidity in the grapes. Going into the Fall, temperatures cooled down quite a bit throughout the state, and we were able to hang the fruit for a long period of time before harvest. This combination allowed us to develop more complex flavors, while still maintaining the acidity to produce bright, focused wines.
100% Petit Verdot
Yield: 2.7 tons per acre
100% whole berry fermentation
33 days on skins
35% new barriques
22 mo. barrel-aged on lees
5.6 g/L titratable acidity
95 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 points, James Suckling
91+ points, Stephen Tanzer/Vinous