Tasting Notes Fall

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``Cloud 9`` Riesling

$28 _ $24 _ $22

The key to a great Riesling is to balance the grape's naturally high residual sugar with a proper amount of acid. Without the acid, Riesling is just a flabby heap of sugar, to use the proper wine terminology. Our winemaker also firmly believes that this varietal is subtle and delicate enough to deserve a lower alcohol content that won't overwhelm the profile. Consequently, our ``Cloud 9`` never goes over 10.6% ABV - a great bottle to pop while making dinner or relaxing on the patio!


Blend: 100% Riesling
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: White Bluffs Vineyard
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol 10.6%
- pH: 3.3
- Total Acidity: 0.88 grams/100ml
Production: 158 cases


AWARDS

2020 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2014 - BRONZE - Seattle Wine Awards
2013 - GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2010 - Outstanding, Seattle Wine Awards
2009 - Best Riesling, Taste Washington
2009 - Outstanding, Seattle Wine Awards

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``Golden Pearl`` Viognier

$30 _ $26 _ $24

This varietal started making a comeback in 1990 after having nearly been wiped out during the great wine blight of the mid-1800s - that's more than a century of teetering on the edge of extinction! Part of this is due to how immensely difficult it is to grow the grape successfully, as a low yield variety that is prone to disease doesn't exactly guarantee a stable harvest. The grapes themselves are small and thick skinned, making for a fiddly fermentation process, and there are several opportunities for mistakes along the way. It's a difficult grape, but it's worth it! The truly unique nature of this complex, full bodied white wine is defined by its intensely aromatic nose, typically a lush medley of stone fruit - nectarines, peaches, apricots. Our winemaker calls it ``a red wine drinker's white wine`` and rightly so, considering its complexity. This vintage has really outdone itself, earning Best in Class in the Seattle Wine Awards! Excellent paired with Dungeness crab or roasted chicken.


Blend: 100% Viognier
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Vineyard: Crawford Vineyard
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.2
- pH: 2.05
- Total Acidity: 0.98 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 50% stainless steel, 50% neutral French oak
Production: 130 cases


AWARDS

2020 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - Silver - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - Silver - Seattle Wine Awards
2014 - Silver - Seattle Wine Awards
2010 - Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

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``Mystique`` Merlot

$42 _ $36 _ $34

Washington Merlot is marked by its richness and brightness, weight and balance - and a dark, vibrant flavor profile that makes it the match of many a Cabernet Sauvignon. In the case of ``Mystique``, the profile begins with a hint of black cherry and finishes with pepper. A complex and beautifully integrated bottle, this will match wonderfully with beef stew or shepherd's pie.


Blend: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Dineen
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- pH: 3.49
- Total Acidity: 0.60 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French Oak, 33% New
Production: 94 cases


AWARDS

2020 - Silver - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - GOLD - Wine Press NW Platinum Competition
2016 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - Bronze - Seattle Wine Awards
2011 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

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``Dynamique`` Cabernet Franc

$42 _ $36 _ $34

Cabernet Franc is one of the six noble Bordeaux grapes, valued for its finessed tannins and exquisite nose. While it's often used in blends, a solid stand-alone Cabernet Franc has charm and elegance to offer. Its medium-high acidity makes it an ideal food pairing wine! Chicken or pork, beef or lamb, hard cheese or soft, even hearty fish - you really can't go wrong. It carries spiced meat with the kind of aplomb only matched by Syrah, so feel free to roast a rack of lamb and whip up a mint sauce!


Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Dineen Vineyard
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- pH: 3.51
- Total Acidity: 0.70 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French oak, 33% New
Production: 100 cases


AWARDS

2020 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - Double Gold, WinePress NW Platinum Competition
2018 - Silver Medal, Seattle Wine Awards
2017 - Silver Medal, Seattle Wine Awards
2016 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - Gold Medal, Seattle Wine Awards
2014 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
2013 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
2012 - Bronze, Seattle Wine Awards
2011 - Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards

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``Eclipse`` Blend

$42 _ $36 _ $34

This is a classic Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend, meaning that it's predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot in descending order. George and Linda have been making an approximation of this blend since our start in 2003 - in fact, George refers to it as our flagship wine as much for our history with it as for its incredible flexibility. Making a complex cassoulet? Absolutely. Bringing a bottle to a grill out? Can't go wrong. Host gift? You must really like them. Opening by itself? It stands alone but doesn't overpower. All in all, a good blend fills the holes that other wines may leave behind.


Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Dineen
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.7%
- pH: 3.56
- Total Acidity: 0.70 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French Oak, 33% New
Production: 181 cases


AWARDS

2020 - GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - DOUBLE GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - DOUBLE GOLD - WinePress NW Platinum Competition
2017 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2016 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2014 - DOUBLE GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2013 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2012 - BRONZE - Seattle Wine Awards
2010 - OUTSTANDING - Seattle Wine Awards
2009 - OUTSTANDING - Seattle Wine Awards

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``Ahh!`` Syrah

$50 _ $42 _ $40

One of the questions that often comes up for debate is what exactly the specialty of the Washington wine industry is, and it's a tricky one to answer because our state's complex geological history of racy glaciers and spitfire volcanos has left us a legacy of absolutely rocking terroir. While all wines reflect terroir, Syrah is especially flexible that way. This combined with the hot summer days and cool nights of Eastern Washington results in a wine with the ripe fruit flavors so typical of the New World style woven seamlessly into the structure and freshness of Old World vintages. You could definitely wave Syrah over your head as a Washington specialty. Give this a try with triple cream brie or whip together a wild mushroom risotto - you'll be thrilled!


Blend: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Dineen Vineyard
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- pH: 3.99
- Total Acidity: 0.69 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 1/3 new French oak, 2/3 neutral French oak
Production: 124 cases


AWARDS

2020 - Silver - Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - Double Gold - WinePress NW Platinum Competition
2016 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2014 - Gold - Seattle Wine Awards
2011 - Double Gold - Seattle Wine Awards

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