The 2017 vintage started out with a cool spring which was an extension of the preceding cool, wet winter throughout Eastern Washington. This meant that both bud break and bloom took place behind some of the more recent warm vintages. July and August warmed up with temperatures higher than average leading to a typical harvest time of mid-September for the first grapes. By the end of September, the temperatures
started to cool down allowing for extra hang time and a more extending harvest window. The 2017 Vintage is already shaping up to be vintage with a focus on elegance and freshness.
The 2017 Two Blondes Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has ripe, layered fruit aromas of dusty blackberry, dark plums and cherries on the nose. The palate is complex, showing energetic cassis fruit with red and black cherry skin. The mid-palate is firm with structuring tannins and lively acidity, gliding to a long finish with subtle oak tones. This bottling will age gracefully but is accessible now for those who want instant gratification.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 pts.
A great value, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Two Blondes Vineyard displays classic Yakima Valley Cabernet herbal and cedary notes as well as ample dark, meaty fruits, medium-bodied richness and depth, a silky texture and a good finish. It’s a forward, already approachable 2017 to enjoy over the coming decade.
- Jeb Dunnuck, 91 pts.