The grapes for Silver Totem come from three vineyards located in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Walla Walla Valley AVAs. The soil consists of wind-blown loess on basalt bedrock.
Washington State's volcanic and mineral driven soils create the ideal environment for Cabernet Sauvignon to develop its full aromatic potential. The consistently warm summers and cool evenings of the Pacific Northwest preserve the natural acidity of Cabernet and produces a solid tannic structure. The grapes are machine harvested with the latest Pellenc harvester technology guarantying that only perfect berries are picked. The grapes are then fermented in stainless steel tanks at our winery. The fermentation was conducted at high temperatures (85F) for a short period of time (7 to 10 days) to avoid extracting too many tannins. Half of the wine is then aged in oak barrels and the other half in tank for 14 month prior to bottling.
Color: Deep ruby red.
Bouquet: Cherry, cedar and violet.
Taste: Currant and blackberry.
Ideal with roasted pork, wild game, grilled vegetables and aged ribeye with vegetable puree.