Our 2008 Springboard is blended from three different vineyard sources:
• The Cabernet (78%) is from the Gamache Vineyard. These grapes come from an area unofficially known as the “White Bluffs.” The Cabernet Franc, 4% of the blend, also came from here.
• The Petit Verdot (10%) comes from the Wahluke Slope’s Stone Tree Vineyard, near Mattawa, at the foot of the Saddle Mountains.
• Alder Ridge Vineyard overlooking the Columbia River west of Patterson provided the Merlot (8% of the blend).
The 2008 Springboard has an almost opaque, deep ruby hue. Expressive and intense, the aromatics tend toward the dark side: black fruits, licorice, and rich earth. Cigar leaf and savory spices mingle over creamy cherry tones. In the mouth, round, generous fruit opens to a richly-layered mid palate, with savory herbs and tobacco. Firm acidity carries the wine tightly from start to finish, and generous tannin lends volume and intensity, leading to a chocolate laden, delicious finish.
Wine color: Red