2012 “The Hellion” Columbia Valley Blend
Approximately 300 cases
Primitivo (42%), Petite Sirah (33%), and Zinfandel (25%)
Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah: Stonetree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
Primitivo: Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills
Grapes were hand-picked and delivered to the winery on October 1 (Coyote Canyon Primitivo), October 14 (Stonetree Petite Sirah and Primitivo) and October 16 (Stonetree Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Primitivo). The fruit was sorted by hand, de-stemmed, and placed into 1.5-ton open-top fermenters.
After a passive soak and initial spontaneous fermentation, the must was inoculated or allowed to ferment on its own. The resulting cap was punched down by hand on an as-needed basis (at least once daily) until fermentation proceeded to dryness. The duration of skin contact ranged from 20 to 25 days prior to pressing.
The wine was raised in a mixture of oak barrels, 2 of which were new Hungarian, while the other 6 were previously used and from French coopers and forests.