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 made at an everyday price point. With the Signature Series, our consumers can purchase full varietals, or our Raptor Red blend for around fifty to sixty dollars.
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 »
The grapes were harvested form Kestrel View Estate Vineyards and Olsen Estate Vineyards. The grapes were planted in 1972 and 1982 respectively, making them some of the oldest plantings in the state. They produce small intensely flavored crops, small canopies and small berries. The resulting wines are concentrated and elegant. These old vines are truly something special.
The color at the margins reminds me of rubies. In the aroma you will be greeted by a beautiful floral element, followed by dark rich flavors of cherry, blueberry, black plums, blackberry, black pepper, cloves, anise, coffee, cedar, tar and leather. These flavors glide across your palate with velvety softness. The body is elegant and refined, allowing fruit, spice and earthy flavors to repeat and linger. One of my absolute favorite wines of the vintage! 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.