Stakes Race was chosen because at Auction of Washington wines Terry was in the tent area with many of the more seasoned wine makers set up and tasting. When I tasted his Syrah, I was blown away. What a great full-bodied red. An employee stopped and said he was in the wrong place and had to move. I begged them to let him stay which he was able to do. Now his wine sells out every year. I knew I needed to include his wine with whatever I chose to do. When I contacted Terry about this project I was only able to get 10 cases, hence the limited membership. This is now sold out at the winery.
More about his wine. This savory and complex blend of 100% Syrah spent 18 months in both neutral and new French oak. Right out of the gate come alluring aromas of blackberry jam, smoked meat and dark chocolate backed by toast, cedar and spice. Turning for home and spilling into the mouth are boysenberry, fig, tar and gamey meaty smoke. Dusty tannins surround blueberry acidity and make this long-strided, complex wine deliver a delicious winning finish.
Fivash Cellars has produced a big red wine for years. This one is very special to me personally. When Scott and Margaret asked if I would like to help pick their Barrel Select I was so excited. We have 8 barrels all with the same juice, same casks, and aged the same. The awesome thing about wine is its always different. We went through a laborious process of tasting, mixing and deciding what was going into this production. 120 dirty wine glasses later we decided we had the winner that today is Walla Walla Barrel Select. I also had the great opportunity to help bottle, label and foil. I can’t wait to share this with you all.
Mesmerizing aromas of black cherries, blueberries and sweet tobacco. Layered flavors of black current, plums, mountain huckleberries. Passing along to a gentle caress of dark chocolate and toasty vanilla backed by subtle coffee notes. A refined, sophisticated presence of tannin enhancing the pleasure of the wine. The conclusion is a wonderful, velvety and lingering kiss ‘goodbye’ on the finish.
Corvus is another incredible wine. I met Randall and Jennifer back before AGY and I have always loved thier big reds. An easy call when I needed a wine that would exceed the expectations of my members. We are very blessed to have this opportunity to enjoy this wine in our club
Syrah – Petite Sirah continues to be a signature blend and a bold statement about how these two grapes go so well together in a unique blend that you’ll not find very often. We’ve blended Corvus Vineyard estate grown Petite Sirah and Syrah from a neighboring Red Mountain vineyard and went a little heavier on the Petite Sirah for 2014. This 50%/50% continues with a deep ruby color and nose of blueberry, black cherry, cedar and subtle floral notes. Dark fruit flavors are deep and intense the mouthfeel is full and rich with good tannic structure that will help this wine age gracefully.
The weather in 2013 took us on a wild ride! We had some rain in June, dust storms and even hail but by July we settled into record high temperatures. Ripening progressed quickly and we assumed harvest would come early but by mid-September temps cooled and rains moved in. The cool down allowed us to let the grapes hang longer and develop full varietal flavor. We started harvest September 13th, about 10 days earlier than usual; the fruit was beautiful! The wines have intense flavors, beautiful color & excellent balance.
The 2013 Horse Heaven Hills Claret (red wine) is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot. This wine was aged in 75% French oak and 25% American oak for 23 months, 100% of the oak was new. The ideal consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 14.5%. This wine was bottled September 2015.