2016 Inspired - Basel Cellars Estate Winery
This is our first Inspired blend crafted from the Walla Walla AVA. The most elegant and complex barrels from our Merlot and Cabernet Franc lots were blended for our beloved “right-bank Bordeaux.” Picking at optimum ripeness, but manageable sugar levels helped us retain essential fruit qualities and varietal character during the fermentation process. Gentle methods of extracting were crucial to maintain tannin balance while preserving freshness and color during this time. These one-of-a-kind lots were gently pressed towards the end of primary fermentation and were transferred to new and second fill French oak barrels. Our Merlot in this blend aged in mostly medium toasted barrels, and helped us achieve proper fruit and oak integration. The pre-selected Cabernet Franc matured in medium-long and medium-plus toasted barrels, lifting the intensity of the fruit but also creating a beautiful accent behind the wine. After 20 months of aging, the most expressive barrels were chosen for the final blend.