2012 Sangiovese Estate
The nose is filled with dark, brooding aromas of wild fig, black cherry, wet earth and forest floor. Firm, fleshy tannins are complemented by charred barrel notes, providing wonderful richness and warmth to the palate. Dark fruit flavors of plum and cassis slowly develop into more earth-driven characters of dried tobacco, bay leaf and underbrush, intensifying to a rustic, savory finish.
Our Sangiovese grapes are grown on two small terraced blocks on our Blue Mountain Estate Vineyard, at the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla. Grapes were harvested by hand in late October and made the short journey to the Tranche winery, which is nestled between the vines at the base of the property. Native fermentation in oak and gentle pumping over of the cap produced a richly aromatic wine, with dark fruit and savory, earth-driven flavors. The Tranche Sangiovese is an authentic and inspired expression of one of Italy’s most celebrated varietals.
Appellation: Walla Walla
Production: 168 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.