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

$46 _ $39 _ $37

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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``Red Satin`` Cabernet Sauvignon

$50 _ $42 _ $40

Cabernet Sauvignon is everywhere, a perennial favorite due to its complex profile and big body. In Washington, however, the hot days and cool nights produce a premier experience of Cab - supple and rich, dark red fruits leading to a velvety mouth feel. Full of finesse and structure, the ``Red Satin`` pairs as beautifully with braised short ribs or lamb shanks as it does your classic burger.


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Dineen
Wine Analysis:
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- pH: 3.54
- Total Acidity: 0.64 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French Oak, 30% New
Production: 150 cases


AWARDS

2020 - DOUBLE GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - DOUBLE GOLD - Wine Press NW Platinum Competition
2018 - GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2016 - GOLD - Olympia Food & Wine
2013 - GOLD - Seattle Wine Awards
2012 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards

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``Temptress`` Tempranillo

$60 _ $51 _ $48

Tempranillo hails originally from Spain, mainly the Rioja and Ribrera del Duero regions, but has been grown in Washington for almost thirty years. This grape thrives in higher altitudes and especially loves the cool summer nights of Yakima Valley. With the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the subtle, savory heft of Carignan, this wine ticks a lot of boxes. Known for how well it pairs with red meat and ham, its versatility lends itself to roasted vegetables and pasta just as well.


Blend: 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Elephant Mountain
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.7%
- pH: 3.56
- Total Acidity: 0.70 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French Oak, 33% New
Production: 75 cases


AWARDS

2020 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards
2016 - SILVER - Seattle Wine Awards

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``The Poet`` Blend

$60 _ $51 _ $48

High in Rattlesnake Hills lies Two Blondes Vineyard, Andrew Will Winery's pet vineyard project. What really sets their fruit apart is the approach to handwork in the vineyard, where they also utilize the Biodynamic French Intensive Method. The end result is deeply complex, and our winemaking philosophy melds with it well. We think you’ll find the product of their beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot fruit more than inspiring! While it is delicious right now, this is a bottle you could put down for twenty five years without hesitation if you were so inclined.


Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Two Blondes
Wine Analysis
- Alcohol: 13.8%
- pH: 3.70
- Total Acidity: 0.56 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French oak, 33% New
Production: 175 cases


AWARDS

2020 - GOLD, Seattle Wine Awards
2019 - SILVER, Seattle Wine Awards
2018 - DOUBLE GOLD, Seattle Wine Awards
2015 - BRONZE, Seattle Wine Awards

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``Portage`` Port

$75 _ $63 _ $60

Port is a fortified wine with a long history. Centuries ago, trade relationships between Portugal and England necessitated that the Portuguese fortify their wine with brandy in order to protect it from the rigors of boat travel. The process of fortifying the wine mid-fermentation instantly raises the alcohol content and arrests fermentation, resulting in a sweet, heavy glass. Our ``Portage`` is made with Petite Sirah grapes and fortified with brandy distilled from our own Petite Sirah wine. Best paired with flourless chocolate torte and fresh berries!


Blend: 100% Petite Sirah
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Vineyard: Portteus
Wine Analysis:
- Alcohol: 19.2%
- pH: 3.54
- Total Acidity: 0.64 grams/100 ml
Oak Program: 100% French Oak, 30% New
Production: 150 cases


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