I’m getting a little sad that we are so close to the end of the 12 Days of Wine 2021…
None the less, my sadness is washed away by the beauty of today’s wine.
This wine comes to us from the Walla Walla Valley, from Caprio Cellars in Washington.
Caprio Cellars 2018 Eleanor, Walla Walla Valley
We paired the Eleanor which is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Franc (a Bordeaux style blend). It spends 18 month is 35% new French oak. They pull about half the fruit from the Elenor Vineyard which is located on the property where you will find their tasting room. This vineyard brings dense fruit notes to the wine. The remainder comes from the Octave Estate Vineyard which is planted in fractured basalt at 1300 feet. These grapes brings structure and minerality to the wine. Amazingly, these two vineyards are just 10 miles away from each other.
What does it taste like?
When you put your nose in the glass you get rich fruit notes of blackberry, red, plum, wet hay, eucalyptus, black currant and violet. There are notes of oak and cedar, dark chocolate, cassis, pomegranate, dried cherries and star anise as well as a stony minerality.
This is a complex wine that will want to make you take some time with your nose in the glass.
If you want a bottle you can find it on their site at here. But really, you should find a way to get there and enjoy the amazing experience of their tasting room and pick up a bottle while you are there.