2012 “The Hellion” Columbia Valley BlendThe Hellion Columbia

Production

Approximately 300 cases

Composition

Primitivo (42%), Petite Sirah (33%), and Zinfandel (25%)

pH=3.51,  alc=15.2%

Price

$24
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Sources

Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah: Stonetree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
Primitivo: Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills

Harvest

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.

Fermentation

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.

Barrel Aging

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.