Simpatico Wines

We believe that the two most compelling aspects of wine, varietal character and site expression, are at their fullest in a balanced wine, unadorned with excessive oak, additives or high alcohol. We strive for fresh-fruited, savory wines that say something about where they’re from and make agreeable dinner companions. We use healthy fruit from high-altitude, rocky sites and try as much as possible to get out of the way once it’s picked. We don’t use enzymes or concentrates, nor do we take shortcuts. Just yeast, grapes and carefully considered intention every step of the way. That’s it.

Albariño is considered by some to be the Queen of Spanish white varieties, where it creates a floral and racy wine, analogous in some ways to Sauvignon Blanc but with great mineral depth and citrus expressiveness. The Albariño that makes up the lion’s share of The Fanatic comes from one... read more
We’re incredibly fond of Viognier in Washington and there may not be a better one than what Dick Boushey grows in his eponymous vineyard north of Grandview in the Central Yakima Valley. At 1,200 feet, this is the highest Viognier planting in Washington and it has an amazing ability to... read more
The Bos is named after Peter Bos, a 40+ year Washington wine veteran, most recently as an instructor at the Northwest Wine Academy. A master at managing misfit barrels and cantankerous lots, Peter taught us, and a small army of winemakers, the fine art of using blending to make a... read more
The Malbec at Scooteney Flats shows Washington’s ability to walk a sort of tightrope between the Old World and New. Washington’s Malbec lies in between the massive fruit and silky texture of the grape’s expression in Argentina and the firm structure, freshness and balance of the French examples. It is... read more
If Bordeaux has taught us one thing, it’s that there is something special in the way Cabernet and Merlot combine with Petit Verdot and Malbec into something greater than the sum of its parts. And there’s also something special about the way each of these varieties expresses itself on Red... read more
There might be no more perfect combination of site and variety in Washington than Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Mountain. Known for producing dense, assertive and savoury examples of the grape, we’ve always found something special in what happens in dense plantings of Scott Williams’ Kiona Vineyards: a unique combination of... read more