10,000 Hours Red Blend 2019
Raspberry preserves, dried savory herb, and mocha on the nose with hints of licorice, clove, and vanilla. Expansive on the fore palate, building to a dense and rich mid-palate with strong notes of ripe fruit and baking spices. Long, lingering finish with hints of toasty oak and vanilla.
Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A rich, layered red with red-berry, plum and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins. Better in a year or two, when it will have softened. Best after 2024.
There’s a theory that says to become truly accomplished at something (karate, painting, the cello) it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice. This holds true for winemaking, too, where in their case the hours are counted in decades, and one thing is undeniable: there are no shortcuts.
The rich, complex 10,000 Hours reds are the culmination of that dedication. Each is deep, structured, and born of the famously exclusive Red Mountain terroir in eastern Washington, where the land and climate impart flavor characteristics like no other region in the world.
This combination of patient toil and perfect sun, soil and rainfall conditions result in Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blend experiences that are meant to be savored, not rushed. Will you be able to taste the decades of passion and master craftsmanship that go into each bottle? Instantly.
A coveted source of top quality red grapes among premier Washington producers, the Red Mountain AVA is actually the smallest appellation in the state. As its name might suggest, it is actually neither a mountain nor is it composed of red earth. Instead the appellation is an anticline of the Yakima fold belt, a series of geologic folds that define a number of viticultural regions in the surrounding area. It is on the eastern edge of Yakima Valley with slopes facing southwest towards the Yakima River, ideal for the ripening of grapes. The area’s springtime proliferation of cheatgrass, which has a reddish color, actually gives the area the name, "Red" Mountain.
Red Mountain produces some of the most mineral-driven, tannic and age-worthy red wines of Washington and there are a few reasons for this. It is just about the hottest appellation with normal growing season temperatures commonly reaching above 90F. The soil is particularly poor in nutrients and has a high pH, which results in significantly smaller berry sizes compared to varietal norms. The low juice to skin ratio in smaller berries combined with the strong, dry summer winds, leads to higher tannin levels in Red Mountain grapes.
The most common red grape varieties here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, among others. Limited white varieties are grown, namely Sauvignon blanc.
The reds of the area tend to express dark black and blue fruit, deep concentration, complex textures, high levels of tannins and as previously noted, have good aging capabilities.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.