A delicate and fragrant nose showing lifted aromas of white peach and nectarine, slivered almond, crushed shale and a hint of flinty reduction. Celilo vineyard’s distinctive stone fruit flavors saturate the palate with a tremendous depth and intensity of flavor. A firm, driving acidity provides excellent power and finesse, while light toasted elements add warmth and structure. The wine finishes with excellent length and a saline minerality.
Harvested from our highest elevation Estate vineyard, Celilo, in the cool-climate Columbia Gorge AVA, our 2013 Chardonnay was whole-bunch pressed into new and used French oak barriques and concrete egg-shaped fermenters. Native fermentation and regular stirring of the lees helped impart a rich texture and outstanding depth to the palate. The wine underwent complete malolactic fermentation in barrel and was aged on lees for 11 months prior to bottling.
Appellation: Celilo Vineyard - Columbia Gorge
Production: 340 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.