2012 Tempranillo Estate
Dark, dusty aromas of wet earth, black olive, fennel and aged tobacco, with lifted notes of cardamom, sweet blood orange and dried berry fruit. Savory, earth-driven characters meld with flavors of bitter dark chocolate, orange peel and anise, while firm, densely-packed tannins fill out the palate to a savory, long-lasting finish.
In 2012 we harvested for the second time only, a small, single block of Tempranillo grown at our Blackrock Estate Vineyard. This vineyard characteristically imparts wild and foxy flavors to its wines, working well to compliment the dusty, leathery qualities of the Tempranillo grape. Fruit was hand-harvested and sorted into a small oak open-top fermenter, and underwent fermentation by native yeast. After three weeks on skins, the wine was gravity-drained and skins lightly pressed into new and used French oak barriques for 22 month maturation. As one of the very few producers of Tempranillo in Washington State, we endeavor to create an authentic representation of this renowned Spanish varietal.
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Production: 86 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.