Tapteil 2016

36% cabernet sauvignon, 35% cabernet franc, 29% merlot

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.

Tapteil starts with Tapteil dust, in spades. This dusty/minerally quality has become a unique marker for the vineyard, reproduced nowhere else in Washington. On the palate minerals, red and black fruit, and spice play a weaving, intricate dance. The wine finishes with great fruit and a fine tannin balance. Tapteil 2016 is powerful, deep, and structured for the long haul.

B. Smith