A first for Stolen Horse is the co-fermenting of 4% Viognier – a traditional practice from Côte-Rôtie, in the Northern Rhone Valley of France. Our picking dates were early, to maintain natural balance. From Loess Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley on September 13th, to Echo Ridge Vineyard in the Columbia Valley on September 26th. The wines were destemmed and lightly crushed and fermented in multiple lots ranging from five ton closed top tanks, to one ton open top bins. The resulting wines were put to barrel and aged for 16 months in French oak, without racking, until bottling. Tasting this wine, I am superbly excited about the implementation of Viognier as it seems to bring such depth and mid-palate roundness. Aromatically exploding with red raspberry, freshly picked cherries and blueberries – all balanced by anise, tobacco and a really enjoyable black tea aroma. The mouthfeel is lush and balanced with just ripe, not overripe fruit. Sticking true to the Doubleback style, this is a very elegant, complex wine with a very lengthy finish. A bit tight at first but opens up nicely with lovely structure – a true sign of the ability to age over the next 7-10 years. Hands down my favorite Stolen Horse we have produced.
Gallatin Valley, Montana — US Territory
Howling wind, driving snow and frigid temperatures were the setting that fateful winter evening as my great uncle, Robert Tillman Matthews, braved the Montana elements to save a young filly half buried and freezing to death in the snow. It was a dramatic rescue, but one that Uncle Tim would soon regret. Shortly after returning to the warmth of his barn, Uncle Tim found himself staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of horse thieving by the filly’s owner. A fight ensued and unfortunately Uncle Tim didn’t have a chance to explain his side of the story... he was shot and killed that cold night in his barn. Eventually the perpetrator was caught and brought to trial for murder. He spent his remaining days in the Deer Lodge Territorial Prison for gunning down Uncle Tim that cold winter night.
Sometimes doing the right thing leads one down an unexpected path of fate. We still believe in doing the right thing and this wine is dedicated to the memory of Great Uncle Robert Tillman Matthews – may he rest in peace.
45% new, 55% once filled French oak, 16 months.
Bottling Date: January 2016
Release Date: September 2016
Cases Produced: 404
“Sometimes the greatest adventure begins when you return home.”