Fragrant and seductive on the nose with lifted aromas of wild plum, spiced rhubarb, lilac and mint. The palate showcases the freshness and purity of this varietal, with tart raspberry and cherry stone flavors, alongside herbaceous elements of tobacco leaf and earth. Soft, fleshy and supple in texture, with a seamless acidity that draws out the palate to a lacy and persistent finish.
Our Barbera was sourced from vineyards in the Red Mountain and Wahluke Slope AVAs. Cooler temperatures throughout the growing season further enhanced the bright cherry and plum fruit flavors typical of this high-acid varietal. Individual blocks were hand-harvested and sorted into small, oak open-top fermenters. After three to five weeks on skins, the wines were pressed into neutral French oak for extended maturation in barrel. This additional time allowed the primary red fruit flavors of the Barbera to take on more complex characters of new leather, spice box and dark berry fruits.
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Production: 364 Cases
2016 Pink Pape
2014 Pape Blanc
2013 Slice of Pape
2015 Pinot Gris
2012 Sangiovese Estate
2012 Tempranillo Estate
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
2012 Cabernet Franc Estate
2012 Syrah Estate
Our complete lineup of Tranche wines is sliced into three different series: our ‘Rhone Series’, our ‘Mediterranean Series’ and our ‘Estate Series’.
Grapes native to France’s Rhône Valley are the focus of our ‘Slice of Pape’ program – our homage particularly to the blended wines of the Southern Rhône. Slice of Pape, Slice of Pape Blanc, and Pink Pape (our dry rosé) are crafted from the best of these traditional varietals. Separately and together, they offer you a New World expression of these classic Old World wines. We include in our Spring release our Pinot Gris as it is the perfect complement to the menus of Spring and Summer, and ideal for sipping on the deck.
In our ongoing efforts to expand our reach with other varietally-focused wines, we look to grapes whose origins are within the Mediterranean region. Again the goal is to express the traditional characteristics of each varietal, capturing the essence in each wine’s distinctive aromas and flavors. We invite you to explore these special wines that have been inspired by the Mediterranean standard-bearers.
And finally, the cornerstones of our portfolio, we produce limited quantities of varietal wines, each focusing on a single grape. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah express the terroir of our Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard in Walla Walla. The Chardonnay comes from our Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA, renown for growing the finest Chardonnay in Washington State. In these wines you can taste the grape’s unique character – its aromas, flavors, texture and detail.