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.
The Fanatic 2018
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 of the highest-altitude plantings of white grapes in the Yakima Valley. It’s fleshed out with a small addition of Viognier. The Viognier adds depth to the mid-palate and length to the finish. 7 months of lees aging adds fullness to the body and gives a toasty salinity to the final wine.
The Bos 2017
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 wine greater than the sum of its parts. For The Bos, we take our misfit barrels and use them to make a wine emblematic of Washington, supremely drinkable and full of texture.
Our 2018 Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Merlot with each variety bringing its own unique aromas and characteristics to the wine. Bright crisp acidity along with vibrant floral and fruit notes make this rosé a great choice for those hot summer days and evenings on the patio, at the lake, or wherever you happen to be!
Washington Syrah is something special. A unique blend of dark, vibrant fruit and savory, meaty character, it manages to walk the proverbial Washington line between the mineral depth of France and the bold fruited Californian examples. Boushey Vineyard is among the oldest Syrah plantings in the state, and undoubtedly one of its most iconic. Higher than almost any other Syrah site in Yakima Valley, it’s wild, seductive and fresh, showing why many winemakers view Syrah as Washington’s crown jewel.
Our 2018 Viognier comes from three different vineyards in the Yakima Valley. We whole-cluster press our Viognier and age on gross lees for 6-8 months after fermentation, enriching the texture and expanding the mineral presence. The 2018 Viognier has a characteristically deep gold color. The aromas are intense and complex: honeysuckle, jasmine, fresh peach, honeycomb, green papaya and slate. The palate is full and weighty, full-fruited with lemon zest, nectarine and raw honey leading into a lengthy and pith and mineral-driven finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
There may not be a more perfect combination of site and variety in Washington than Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Mountain. Known for producing dense, assertive and savory 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 powerful richness so characteristic of the AVA, but with a textural silkiness and freshness unique to the plantings there.
A friend of ours has called Grenache “Washington’s Pinot Noir” for years. We’d tend to agree. It’s a finicky, late-ripening variety that, when well-sited, manages to capture Pinot’s sense of freshness and elegance but with a bit more depth and a sexy, satin texture that’s irresistible.
If Bordeaux has taught us one thing, it’s that there is something special in the way Cabernet and Merlot combine with Petit Verdot 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 Mountain, holding onto their European sense of herbs, freshness and minerality, while bringing a power and density that’s completely Washington. Harmonious, balanced, each adding a unique personality, these varieties Coalesce into a wine that’s Pure Red Mountain.