Pressing the Pinot

2012 Estate Grown
Pinot Noir
Puget Sound AVA – $38

If you’ve never had a wine grown west of the mountains, this is the wine to try! 2012 started off as a cool year and in fact the summer was below normal temperatures for the most part, but very dry. The dry weather continued into September and October when we picked right as the winter storms started to roll in. We only made one barrel of wine in 2012 but it was a good one! Deep rich colors, exploding with cherry rich pinot noir flavors. This one will keep for a long time in the cellar getting better every year! If you like a good Burgundy, it doesn’t any closer than this outside of France. Get it while you can because we are down to the last few cases.

2014 Estate Grown
Puget Sound AVA – $28 
(to be released spring 2016)

2014 was another great year for growing grapes in the Puget Sound AVA. Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were picked under optimal conditions. A long hot summer, followed by a dry fall led to a long hang time and rich, full bodied flavors. These have to be the most powerful Puget Sound wines I’ve ever made.  This Chardonnay was picked in the first week of October under sunny and hot conditions. It was crushed and pressed immediately and fermented in stainless steel. Racked once immediately after fermentation and left on the fine lees for 9 months. Spontaneously underwent malolactic fermentation. Both the lees aging and secondary fermentation contributed to a rich mouth feel. About 1 barrel was made.

2010 DIst83 Blend – $282009_Dist83_front_COLA (1)

Our 5th vintage of this classic Rhone blend, named for the historic Hollywood school district in Woodinville. This year’s blend, dominated by Grenache, is deep ruby in color with a blue tint coming from the Syrah and Mourvedre. Fresh berries and cotton candy dominate the nose, while the palate is loaded with licorice and black fruits. A talc element brings character to the wine which evolves into a long pleasant finish.

30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 40% Syrah
Elerding and Portteus and Kiona Vineyards
French oak, 30% new
14% Alcohol
75Cases Produced

2009 Red Mountain Syrah – $24

90 points – Wine Advocate

With the warmer 2009 temperatures, the well-known Red Mountain interplay of fruit and acidity is fully evident in this Syrah. The nose is fully Red Mountain – both earthy and fruity. The lush palate of candied fruit emerges slowly. The acidity is pronounced, making this young wine perfect for aging, perhaps up to 10 years.

100% Syrah
Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard, Red Mountain AVA
Aged in French oak—25% new—for 28 months
13.9% alcohol
100 cases produced

Best 2012 thru 2015

2010 Malbec Red Mountain  – $22

This is our second time making a Malbec. The first one was a huge success garnering 91 Points from Wine Advocate, Double Gold at the Seattle Wine Awards and a Double Platinum from Winepress Northwest. This wine has lots of aromatic fruit, mostly red cherries with a hint of spicy white pepper. These grapes come from a new vineyard on Red Mountain called Heart of the Hill.

 Heart of the Hill Vineyard
100% French oak
14% alcohol
100 cases produced
Best 2014-2017

2010 Yakima Valley Pinot Noir – $22

Pinot Noir in the Yakima Valley! Yes, you are not seeing things! Paul Portteus from Portteus Vineyards took a chance a couple of years ago and planted some Pinot Noir at his vineyard as an experiment. He thinks his elevation is high and cool enough to grow good Pinot Noir and I have to agree. While not in the Oregon style, this is still distinctively Pinot Noir. Fruity, Earthy and somewhat tannic but in a good way. This Pinot Noir will age gracefully for many years.
100% Pinot Noir
Portteus Vineyards
13.5% alcohol
50 cases produced

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