14 Hands Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend
14 Hands Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend is a polished red wine that offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. Flavors of cherry pie, ripe berries and plums, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice on a persistent finish.
Category: Dry red wine
Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
Region: Columbia Valley
Winery: 14 Hands
Pairings: Pairings: BBQ pork, grilled Portabella mushrooms, gourmet cheeses, lasagna Florentine
Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Variety
Much of the world’s Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in France, followed closely by Chile and then the United States. Cabernet Sauvignon holds the distinction of being the most planted wine grape in the world. This grape variety has flavors of black currant, cedar, herb and plum.
Merlot Grape Variety
The majority of Merlot is grown in its native France, with the United States coming in at a distant second, followed by Spain and Italy. The best Merlot is said to grow in vineyards with struggling hillside vines. Flavors of raspberry chocolate, sugar plum, black berry and cedar. Because of its unique ability to add softness and fruit to a wine, Merlot grape is often used to blend with other grapes, but it’s also used to make wines on its own.
Syrah Grape Variety
This red wine grape is predominantly grown in France, followed in a close second by Australia, where it is known as Shiraz. Flavors of savory plum, olive and green peppercorn.
14 Hands Winery
14 Hands is inspired by the unbridled spirit of the wild horses that once freely roamed eastern Washington and the Columbia River Valley.
Measuring a scant 14 hands high – a ‘hand’ equivalent to the width of one’s palm – these tenacious little horses would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze along the riverbank, then retreat to cool off at night. Washington’s wild horses have become living symbols of the pioneer spirit of the American West.
Columbia Valley’s loamy and gravel soils require a strong and determined grapevine, and 14 Hands Winery’s acclaimed vineyards revel in Washington’s world class terroir. With the fruit from the hardy vines, 14 Hands Prosser winery handcrafts big, fruit-forward reds and crisp, juicy whites that pay tribute to the legend of the region.