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Without the many rivers, particularly the Yakima, much of Eastern Washington would remain dry and barren. However, these mighty and majestic rivers make it possible for Washington to produce the grapes for some of the finest wines in the world. Eridanus is the constellation in the sky that is called the River of Stars and it pays tribute to these nurturing waterways.
The Eridanus itself is a Bordeaux-style blend, comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. While it has the elegance and grace of Bordeaux, it also packs the powerful punch of New World winemaking, making it a beautiful hybrid. The result is truly stunning.
Eridanus displays the personal vision of Empyrean Wines by offering full New World fruit that is not sugary or overpowered by oak. Eridanus looks to be an extremely food-friendly wine, and is bright and fresh in the glass, with not a hint of browning or oxidation. We chose to let the wine be individual and speak for itself, and it is doing just that.
Blend: Merlot (52%), Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc (3%)
AVA: Columbia Valley, Washington State
"Rich and complex aromas of blackberry and cedar with juicy berry notes on the palate and a long silky finish with polished tannins completes a wine that fights above its weight class. The 2020 harvest was generous and very balanced creating the perfect growing conditions for this rich, savory, and juicy Bordeaux-styled blend.” - David O’Reilly, Winemaker
As consumers, we normally aren’t patient enough to wait for wines to truly hit their peak (after all, that’s why they can be so rare!). However, the wines of Empyrean were carefully cellared and only released as they hit their ideal drinking window. These wines, made in both Washington and Oregon, are a rarity, aged to perfection and absolutely beautiful.