Barter & Trade Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2019

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Barter & Trade Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2019
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Country USA
Region Washington State
Appellation/Sub-Region Columbia Valley
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Conventional

The 2019 vintage of Barter & Trade is 87% cabernet sauvignon, 9% syrah, and 4% merlot, aged in 50/50 new and seasoned French oak. This is the fifth vintage released by winemaker Andrew Jones, who also makes wines for Fiction, Field Recordings, and Wonderwall in California. He became enamored with the wines coming out of Washington and told himself if he ever had the opportunity to make some, he would go for it. The grapes are grown in the Cascade Mountain foothills in the Columbia Valley, from Ancient Lakes to Walla Walla, and with some barter & trade, he arranged for the grapes to be driven overnight to him in California. Now, the grapes are crushed and fermented in Washington and then the wine is brought to Paso Robles for aging and finishing. This wine is bold and concentrated with well-balanced tannins, voluptuous dark fruits, and hints of cocoa and vanilla.