Tall Sage is the Monson Family’s tribute to a man of great stature, the founder of Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards, Arvid Monson. A tall sage is one that develops deep tap roots, and like Arvid himself, sustains the life around it.
The fruit for this wine was carefully sourced from some of the premier blocks of the estate. The warm vintage allowed for long hang time in the vineyard and tremendous flavor development in the grapes.
During fermentation, the wine was pumped over twice daily until a balance of color, structure, and flavor extraction had been achieved. Malolactic fermentation completed on oak, smoothing and softening the wine.
Portions of the blend were allowed to mature and develop in barrels for 8 months while others aged in stainless steel to respect their intense fruit character. The final blend was chosen to reflect the balance of intense fruit flavor and depth that can be found in Washington wines.