June 2018 Wine Club Allocation

I couldn’t be happier. The sun is shining and everything in the Walla Walla Valley is green. The canopy on our grape vines are lush and beautiful. When I am not at work I spend as much time outside grilling and sipping on wine. Life is good, and we have some new club wines to make life even better!

2017 Viognier, Whistling Hills Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

I have heard Viognier succinctly described by our very own Kristine Bono as Chardonnay’s sassy little sister. Well put, considering ours is barrel fermented and sur lee aged. In contrast, Viognier is more floral with notes of stone fruits and a mouthwatering acidity. This Viognier pairs well with creamy cheeses and shellfish.

Winemaker’s Impressions

On the nose, this wine exhibits beautiful fruit notes of pears and white peach. Floral aromatics of lilacs, lavender, and honeysuckle give way to a subtle minerality. In the mouth acids are wonderfully balanced, finishing with a warm soft mouthfeel and a pleasant floral finish.

                                              

2016 Grenache, Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Pretentious, not this wine! Grenache is simply loveable. Bright jammy fruit and a little rustic makes this Grenache an easy drinker. I like it with a slight chill. Goes great with grilled salmon!

Winemaker’s Impressions

This wine is layered with complex fruit notes of raspberry preserves, cranberry, figs, and cassis liquor.  The fruit character mingles with aromatics of dried rose petals and crème fresh. On the palate, this wine exhibits notes of tart berry fruits and a pleasing smooth mouthfeel finishing with fresh raspberries.

 

2015 Syrah, Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Syrah is the most versatile accouterments to the backyard BBQ. It goes with a wide variety of grilled foods. I think it is due to its rustic nature, almost like this wine belongs outside in the wild. Don’t worry though this wine is domesticated and you won’t need to keep it on a leash!

Winemaker’s Impressions

This rustic yet complex Syrah has notes of strawberry preserves, pomegranate, blueberry, figs, olives, violets, and minerality. Lively acids dance on the palate of this medium plus bodied wine. Finally, the wine finishes with a lingering viscosity and notes of black licorice.

September 2017

Our September 2017 wine club release will feature three distinctive red wines. Tech sheets and tasting notes will be available with the wine allocation.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Whistling Hills and Riviere Galets estate vineyards
Retail price: $45.00, Club price: $40.50 / $38.25 / $36.00

2015 The Great SchisM (GSM blend) Riviere Galets estate vineyard
Retail price: $55.00, Club price $49.50 / $46.75 / $44.00

2015 Syrah, Riviere Galets estate vineyard
Retail price: $40.00, Club price: $36.00 / $34.00 / $32.00

June 2017

June 2017 marks the debut of our revamped wine club, with three exceptional vintages on offer.  

2016 Viognier, Whistling Hills estate vineyard (Tech sheet)
2015 Cinsault / Counoise Blend, Riviere Galets estate vineyard (Tech sheet)
2015 Grenache, Riviere Galets estate vineyard (Tech sheet)

    March 2017

    2016 Marsanne, Elevation estate vineyard
    Tertulia Cellar's first ever release of Marsanne and the first release from our Elevation vineyard, this Rhone-style white wine is sure to become a favorite with its bright fruit notes and creamy mouthfeel.

    2013 Tempranillo, Whistling Hills estate vineyard.
    This "grand reserve" style Tempranillo received 36 months of barrel time in high impact (heavy toast) American oak, developing an incredibly rich and dense flavor.

    September 2016

    2014 Mourvedre, Riviere Galets estate vineyard
    Our first ever release of this "M" in GSM, Mourvedre brings dense, potent fruit flavors with monumental minerality.

    2014 Great SchisM, Riviere Galets estate vineyard
    Our near-GSM blend is rich with dark fruit and offers bracing minerality thanks to a healthy dosage of Mourvedre.
    Blend: 65% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre

    December 2016

    2014 Reserve Syrah, Riviere Galets & Whistling Hills estate vineyards
    Delicate and powerful, this wine combines Syrah fruit from two of our estate vineyards and adds some Viognier in the co-fermentation.

    2013 Carménère, Phinny Hill vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
    Our most popular and distinctive offering, 2013's hot summer created bold fruit notes over Carménère's trademark peppery notes and long, mellow finish.

    June 2016

    2015 Viognier, Whistling Hills estate vineyard
    Crisp and refreshing, with fruit notes of Asian pear and white peach.

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Phinny Hill vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
    Bold and fruit-forward. Dark cherries, black currants, and white pepper and incense on the finish.
    Blend: 83% Cab Sauv, 14% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

    March 2016

    2013 Syrah, Riviere Galets and Whistling Hills estate vineyards
    Record heat forged a potent Syrah with rich notes of dark fruit, spice, and lingering tannins.
    Blend: 63% Whistling Hills Syrah, 32% Rivere Galets Syrah, 5% Riviere Galets Grenache

    2013 Petit Verdot, Phinny Hill vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
    Concentrated and complex, with dried blueberries, juniper, and jasmine over a dense, fine-grained tannic finish.
    Blend: 88% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon