Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
On a steep rocky south facing hillside overlooking the Yakima Valley, our Cabernet Sauvignon vines grow in shallow Scoon soils. These were formed in wind-driven loess over hard pan, which covers the underlying basalt promontory. Available water capacity is low, producing small clusters and small berries of intense fruit. The planting is at 1300 feet elevation, on an 8-15% pitch. Just downslope from the Cabernet Sauvignon vines, at a gentler (5T8%) gradient, grow the Merlot vines. The soils are similar, shallow Scoon silt loam over hardpan, underlain by basalt, with low available water capacity. These low yielding vines produce muscular Merlot.
shallow Scoon silt loam soils