The color is a deep garnet. The aromatics are a combination of dusty oak and big red fruits, think blackberry and plum. The fruit hits you up front and the wine has a nice mid palate before finishing up with some rich cherry notes and a crisp cranberyy finish. This is a medium body wine with lots of subtle nuances that make it great for drinking by itself but also something to pair with food.
Tres Cruces was one of the first wines I tried from Coyote Canyon and a blend I was eager to get a chance to work with. The wine is a Rhone style red blend using Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. I think of Coyote Canyon Vineyard as a Cabernet Sauvignon site but have been surprised and excited about all the different varietals we have growing at the vineyard. The first Tres Cruces blend I tried was Syrah heavy and I have been looking forward to blending up my own version of this wine. I had plenty of each component to work with and made many versions of this blend before coming up with this final mix. The Syrah is consistently big and smooth and I thought it should be the heavy hitter in this blend. After that I imagined the Grenache, with its acidity and bright fruit, would be the next component but as I blended things together it was the Mourvedre that added more depth and body to the wine. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months and then filtered and bottled. This wine is ready to drink now.
- Blend Composition: 42% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache,
- Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
- Cases Produced: 295
- Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
- AVA: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley
- Winemaker: John J. Gabriel
Double Gold - 2015 Seattle Wine Awards
Excellent - Wine Press Northwest
Silver - 2015 Tri-Cities Wine Festival
Silver - 2015 Denver International Wine Competition