(From 1999 Vintage) In the early 90s, we began to research Italian heritage grape varieties that might be suitable to the Walla Walla Valley, and settled on the grosso clone of sangiovese, which is grown extensively in Montalcino and is the base for many of the famous Tuscan wines of Italy. We’ve had incredible success with sangiovese in Washington. The sangiovese variety is known for its beautiful color, wonderful aromatics, food-friendliness, and incredible age-worthiness. Our 1999 Sangiovese has a beautiful dark ruby color, a nose of vanillin, oak, red cherry, rose petals, and strawberries. The long, read more...soft, lush finish is complimented by excellent acid balance. This lovely sangiovese is silky and balanced with a wonderful fruit impression. Vineyards in this Wine Pepper Bridge Farms, Seven Hills Vineyard, Mill Creek Upland Vineyard, and Leonetti Estate Vineyard, all of Walla Walla Valley. Blending Detail Sangiovese 80.4%, Syrah 19.6% A total of 748 cases were produced. (hide)
Wine & Spirits(From 2002 Vintage) Though I was not a fan of the 2002, I was enraptured by the 2003 Merlot. Chocolate, cassis liqueur, cherries jubilee, spices, and violets are found in its magnificent aromatics. Aged in 80% new oak (of which 80% is French and the balance Pennsylvania), this concentrated gem slathers the palate with black raspberries, copious quantities of cherries, and blackberries that envelope its significant tannin. Projected maturity: now-2016.