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2016 McAndrew Chardonnay

“Doc” McAndrew was a highly educated and respected surgeon in Seattle. He was also “a dreamer and a doer” who brought to life the first planting of Chardonnay in the Columbia Gorge region of southwest Washington in 1972. Doc’s pioneering foresight gave birth to vineyards that are the perfect pairing of site and varietal. This Chardonnay comes from cuttings from Doc’s original plants and is made in a crisp, fresh style using the finest concrete tanks we imported from Burgundy. We offer it both in his memory and with his “if you can dream it, do it” spirit.

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2017 Martin’s Gold Chardonnay

Originally brought to America by Paul Masson, Martin Ray planted French Chardonnay in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1940’s and revolutionized American winemaking. We make Martin’s Gold from the first plantings of this “Mt. Eden clone” in Washington State. This wine offers a bolder and more New World profile than other Chardonnays from The Walls, yet still with the restrained and balanced Old World style that Ali’s wines are known for.

 

 

 

2017 Lip Stinger Grenache Blanc

The storied Picpoul, one of the rarest grapes in Washington, is the not-so-secret ingredient of this stunning Grenache Blanc blend. Not-so-secret because “Lip Stinger” is the literal translation of the word. “It’s kind of like this wine named itself!” says Ali. Our Grenache Blanc was grown sur echalas and co-fermented with Picpoul, Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, Viognier; literally every Rhone White varietal at French Creek. They were grown together, picked together, fermented together, and now offer themselves to you in this age-worthy blend. Plus, it won’t really sting your lips — probably just makes them more kissable.

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2016 The Ramparts Grenache Blend

Our winemaker Ali had “a moment” with this wine. In that moment, the stars of ripeness aligned and allowed a rare connection to be made: the co-fermentation of these beautiful reds with a stunning Viognier. “It made the Grenache super pretty and floral,” says Ali. “All you have to do is smell this wine to know it’s fantastic.” We also aged this vintage in concrete, which shaped it into a very pure expression of all its different pieces. “It’s very balanced,” our Assistant Winemaker Peter agrees and adds, “this wine has massive complexity, the concrete toned it down and gave it an elegant minerality.” You may want to stock up on this one to have on hand for those moments in your life when the stars align.

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2016 The Ramparts Grenache Blend

Our winemaker Ali had “a moment” with this wine. In that moment, the stars of ripeness aligned and allowed a rare connection to be made: the co-fermentation of these beautiful reds with a stunning Viognier. “It made the Grenache super pretty and floral,” says Ali. “All you have to do is smell this wine to know it’s fantastic.” We also aged this vintage in concrete, which shaped it into a very pure expression of all its different pieces. “It’s very balanced,” our Assistant Winemaker Peter agrees and adds, “this wine has massive complexity, the concrete toned it down and gave it an elegant minerality.” You may want to stock up on this one to have on hand for those moments in your life when the stars align.

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2016 Gaspard Syrah

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com

Legend has it that in 1224 a Knight named Gaspard, wounded and weary from the battles of the Albigensian Crusade, was given permission by the Queen of France to recover atop a granite peak in the storied Hermitage. Through with bloodshed, Gaspard became a hermit but was soon joined by others seeking similar refuge. Together, they began to tend the area’s mythical vines. “It’s crazy to think that almost 800 years ago, a hermit on a hill walled himself off from the world and in doing so, inspired this wine,” says Ali.

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2016 Curiositas

Curiosity is the lust of the mind,” said philosopher Thomas Hobbes and so, lustful we are. We lusted for a Cabernet that knew no bounds, reached beyond the norm, brought something new to the literal table, and…we made it. “Curiosity is the soul of our wines,” says Mike. “It is what drives our willingness to engage in the depths of complexity of wine and this wine celebrates that. We could make it easier on ourselves but we must fulfill our curiosity.” What he’s really saying is, we are wine geeks. Running under the assumption that you are too, grab a bottle of this stellar wine and prepare to get your geek on.

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2016 Stanley Groovy

Trying to describe this wine is like trying to describe the inside of the fine artist’s mind; you may say you “get it” but really, no one gets it. And this is why what’s in this bottle will remain in generalities – simple on the outside, complex and groovy on the inside. We will say it is a blend of intriguing red Iberian varietals from Red Mountain, one of Washington’s most prominent AVAs, and is just as suitable for cellaring as it is for immediate enjoyment. Once you taste it, you’ll never confuse it with any other wine. Yeah, it’s that groovy.

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2016 Concrete Mama Syrah

While the inaugural 2014 Concrete Mama Syrah boasted of ripe fruit and hearty meats, the 2015 pushes it even further…denser, darker and more direct. Our Assistant Winemaker, Peter, calls it, “the wine people at the party flock to.” Co-fermented with Grenache, also from The Rocks of Milton-Freewater, this wine delivers a true sense of place. “You have to try not to break your ankles simply walking there, it’s so hard, so unique,” says Peter. The team agrees that Ali’s style does not capitalize on the “funk” specific to The Rocks District but incorporates it, finding the footing to make truly beautiful wine from a difficult place. “The secret to the Rocks District is that fermenting its fruit in concrete gives more control,” adds Ali. “You get a slower, longer fermentation so you can extract more out of the fruit. If you let it go native it will ferment in just a few days. We really had to keep our eyes on this one or it would have gone a little crazy.” Crazy beautiful wine…that’s what we’re bringing to this party.

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2016 La Lutte

Our aim with La Lutte was to create a wine that could hold its own against the finest White Burgundies: bold and rich with spirited minerality and perfect acid.

The chardonnay comes from the Columbia Gorge, White Salmon Vineyard, where temperatures are a bit cooler than the Walla Walla Valley. It is wonderful terroir for chardonnay and pinot noir, and the fruit is allowed to ripen slowly.

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2018 Cruel Summer

What would Summer be without bright, fresh, beautiful Rosé? The answer is simple: cruel. Don’t let Summer without good Rosé happen to you!

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2016 Concrete Mama Grenache

“There was something about this vintage…when the fruit came in it’s like we were under some kind of a spell,” says our Winemaker, Ali Mayfield. “I don’t even know if we could come close to making this wine again.” Grenache needs a longer season than most other varietals so in a good vintage you are allowed some extra hang time, which we got in 2016. With the additional heat from the renown Rocks District cobble, this Grenache certainly found its sweet spot. “When it came in, we weren’t really prepared for it and that ended up being a beautiful thing because it allowed us to color outside of the lines,” explains Ali. “It was a perfect storm of creativity, opportunity and ingenuity.” We’re currently exploring real time fingerprint scanning security systems run by neutral third parties to help us keep our greedy hands off this wine. It’s so good we might otherwise drink it all.

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