More time. Nobody has it. Everybody wants it, and when we get it we waste it numbly scrolling through Instagram pics of cats and Kardashians. After liking your tenth pic of puppies dressed like cowboys it becomes clear that lack of time isn’t the problem. Making the best use of it is. “Greatness Takes Time” is a quote from a popular Facebook meme, but patience is as popular as Donald Trump at a NOW convention in Mexico City.
Even wine can’t hide from the omnipresence of impatience. A lot of wine gets rushed to wine shop shelves or restaurant lists to satisfy the demands of customers craving consistency, and businessmen balancing bank accounts. There is nothing wrong with a winery releasing a wine early. These wines can be good, and in many cases very, extremely, and unquestionably good. But they fall short of a jaw-dropping reaction for which “OMG” is the only right response.
It takes a tremendous amount of time, care and attention to make a truly excellent wine. If you don’t believe this, think of the best BBQ you’ve ever eaten. To get the right flavor and texture, the best pit masters will smoke a pork butt for more than 16 hours. You can’t fake that flavor. It takes time, and you know it when you taste it.
Thankfully, there are some old school winemakers who understand the virtue of patience when crafting the kind of wines that burn an impression in your memory. We found one of these wines in the rolling hills on the edge of the town of Walla Walla. In these hills, they harvest Cabernet Sauvignon by hand from high elevation, low yielding, sustainably farmed estate vineyards east of the Cascade mountain range where sunny, summer days and cool nights allow the all the hypnotic flavors of Cabernet to emerge while preserving the grapes vibrant freshness.
But this is only part of what makes our Magic Door Vineyards Columbia Valley Cabernet special. When the fruit gets to the winery it hand sorted and fermented in batches using native yeasts which takes longer but adds nuance and character to every batch. After fermentation the wines spends more time with the skins before pressing, and then it’s aged for 24 months in small oak barrels. This extended barrel aging allows the wine to clarify naturally. In the end, it is bottled unfiltered to preserve all the flavors that the good people in the vineyard and winery worked so hard to create. You can expect some sediment in this bottle, but trust us, it’s a good thing. This is a wine made using the most natural means possible. There is nothing fake or manufactured about it. It's real and it’s spectacular.
In an era of “I want it now” it’s refreshing to know that there are some who still recognize the virtue of taking it slow. It’s hard to quickly replicate what takes years of nurturing to create. When you take a sip of our Magic Door Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon we hope you’ll be wowed by it’s mesmerizing flavors and reminded that maybe all we need is just a little more patience … Yeah … Yeah .. Yeah.
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