Every grape from Kestrel View Estate is tended to and intended to, be blended into our Signature Series in a First Growth Bordeaux House Mentality. This presents the perfect canvas to create and design a multiple tiered system. From the Signature Series and Winemaker's Select Series our premier fruit can then be declassified to our Falcon Series; wines Flint builds at an everyday price point. With the Falcon Series, our consumers can purchase full varietals, or our Tribute blend for around fifteen to twenty dollars.
Notes from Robert Parker:
"The 2010 Raptor Red Signature Series is an outstanding blend of 71% Caberent Sauvignon and 29% Malbec, Showing beautiful purity, with ample cassis, plum liqueur, pepper, ground herbs and chardcoal styled aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely concentrated, with fresh acisity and a pure, clean feel, enjoy bottles over the coming decade." Read the full wine description »
Raptor Red is our flagship wine. This particular vintage we created this fine wine by choosing the nine best barrels from our cellar. We choose three barrels of Petite Verdot from Olsen Vineyards, three barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from Olsen Vineyards and three barrels of Cabernet Franc from Olsen Vineyards. In 2011 we felt that this blend represented the finest Kestrel has to offer. Read the full wine description »
Notes from Robert Parker:
"Made from 93% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 Petit Verdot Signature Series is a big, voluptuous and fruit-driven effort that offers up loads of boysenberry, blueberry, licorice, underbrush and sappy flower-like aromas and flavors. This full-bodied, rich and decadently styled effort has a big mid-palate, fabulous texture and solid overall freshness and purity. Aged 22 months in 30% new oak, it will have 12 to 15 years of longevity." Read the full wine description »
One hundred percent of the fruit came from Old Vines. The Merlot from our Estate Vineyard was planted in 1972, making the vines some of the oldest in Washington State. The grapes were hand harvested and carefully sorted, removing any defective fruit, leaves, or stems. It was then destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters, where it was punched down, twice daily to extract the maximum color and flavor.
After the initial fermentation it was pressed to small French Oak barrels where it matured for 22 months. We believe Washington Merlot to be world class, and ours is a great example of that. Read the full wine description »
Our Port is created in the vineyard by reducing the crop to one cluster per shoot. The fruit is then allowed to ripen as long as possible.
The color is almost black, with a very thin garnet ring. In the nose you will be greeted with aromas of sweet cherries, chocolate, elderberry, plum jam, licorice, figs, and dried fruits. For me it is oddly reminiscent of brandy soaked fruit cake. The natural sweetness preserved from the grapes is balanced by the brandy. The result is a long powerful finish. Perfect for an after dinner drink, or just by the fire, on a cold winter night.