Tapteil 2013

71% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 11% cabernet franc

tapteil, n. a.  Yakama, narrow river, b. Red Mountain vineyard named for its site above the Yakima River where the Tapteilmin lived, c. Cadence blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown on Tapteil Vineyard.

Explosive aromas of black cherries, spice and subtle oak.  Tapteil is surprisingly open for business, with copious fruit coming in waves over fine tannins and juicy acidity.  The lingering finish makes you stop and savor, and the verve of the wine brings you back for more.

B. Smith