The name is a questionable play on “Ciel du Cheval” which loosely translates as Horse Heaven. There is nothing questionable about the wine, a stunning success. Inky, thick with black cherry fruit, wrapped in smoke and iron, it captures the essence of the vineyard. The blend includes 10% petit verdot; which adds wonderful complexity, and the judicious new oak seals it with a kiss of butterscotch.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.