2015 Murray Red Wine

Columbia Valley
Vintage2015
VarietalRed Wine
Varietal CompositionMerlot 83%, Cabernet Franc 17%
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardHightower Estate Vineyard 84%, Artz Vineyard 8%, Pepper Bridge Vineyard 8%
Aging19 months
Residual Sugar<0.1g/L
Alcohol14.10%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced302

Columbia Valley 100%

Estate Vineyard – Red Mountain AVA 84%

In 2005 we finished planting 10 acres of vineyard: 6 acres planted with 5 clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2½ acres planted with 4 clones of Merlot, and ½ acres of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot – with all of the plant material certified to be free of diseases and pests. Our vineyard rows are canted eleven degrees off of north-south. This orientation more evenly balances the sun exposure on each side of the vine row, increasing the exposure on the east and decreasing it on the west.

Artz Vineyard – Red Mountain AVA 8%

Artz Vineyard produces dark, intense, minerally, masculine fruit. This vineyard lends intense color, concentrated dark fruit and tannin structure to Hightower wines. Most of Red Mountain is covered by Worden Silt Loam. This soil type retains very little moisture and contains little organic material, both causing the grapes to struggle tremendously. This struggle, channels the vine's energy where it needs to be – in the berries. Red Mountain is one of the warmest sites in Washington and receives an average of 6 inches rainfall per year.

Pepper Bridge – Walla Walla Valley AVA 8%

One of the most famous and highly relied-upon vineyards in Washington State, Pepper Bridge is located in the Walla Walla Valley appellation. Trained on the Scott Henry and Smart-Dyson trellising systems, the vineyard uses revolutionary technology for its weather-tracking and irrigation systems. Pepper Bridge is made up of Walla Walla Silt Loam – wind-blown glacial loess with about ⅓ sand content. This vineyard produces grapes with bright cherry flavors and contributes voluptuous nuances to the Hightower Pepper Bridge Vineyard Merlot.

Tim & Kelly Hightower

Tim and Kelly Hightower founded Hightower Cellars in 1997 in Woodinville, Washington with a simple philosophy: "Get the best grapes and don't screw them up." With their grape supply primarily coming from Red Mountain, the husband and wife co-winemaking team set out to make high quality wine, beginning with their first vintage: 221 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today Tim and Kelly aim to make wine that lets the powerful, concentrated fruit from Red Mountain speak for itself, producing wine with great character, that’s naturally beautiful and free from pretense. The result is a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that reveal something new and interesting each time you open a bottle. We like to think they’re wines with character through and through – in how they were made, how they taste, and in the connections they inspire.

2015 Murray Red Wine
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