Blackberry and cherry mix with both sweet and savory spices to make our 2018 Be Human Red Blend, a generous and pleasing wine for most any occasion. It's complex without being complicated. In other words, perfect for just about anybody, anytime, or anywhere.
Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 16% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc
If there’s one thing people could use more of in this day and age, it’s a more evolved and heightened sense of humanity. To us it starts with a deeply felt love of their co-habitants here on planet Earth. Accepting people for who they are, not finding fault with what they aren’t. Savoring diversity, while never losing sight of commonalities.
Can a wine remind us of what’s important in life, and help us all get along? On some small level, the answer is yes. It’s why they created Be Human wines. Sourced from the renowned Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley AVA’s, this family of luscious reds and Rosé covers the spectrum from light, crisp and fruity to bold, rich and intensely aromatic.
It’s wine for the human race — for their tapestry of voices and choices. With the recognition that what makes us different, makes us wonderful.
A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!
Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.
Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.