Current production sits plus or minus 1,200 cases a year. The focus is on quality control, from the grape to the "Juice". They take the fruit and extract a concentrated delightful blend of fruit with 100% new oak, which is a mix of French, American, and a "sprinkle" of Hungarian Oak. The process is not one of speed, considering the wines avg. 24-28 months in barrel, which is critical in order to get that balance of fruit and barrel flavors. In the end, the quality of their wines is our reward, on top of knowing that they grew, crushed, fermented, bottled and barreled these award winning wines. Not too many wineries can claim that level of involvement, or association.
Dark ruby colored. Attractive aromas of black plum, blackberries and black cherry jam. A bit smokey, like smoked meats, add flavor to its amazing complexity and balanced structure. On the palate the wine is dry and full-bodied with bold fruit, medium-plus acidity and lingering ripe tannins. Finishes with a soft note of dark chocolate.
This wine is a natural fit for rich, meat dishes, grilled steak, spicy pork, veal, lamb, all types of game and sausage. Spicy foods pair well with Petit Verdot and it's perfect for a myriad of different hard and semi soft cheeses
Type: Wine - Still - Red
Producer: Hence Cellars
Region: Walla Walla, WA
Grape: Petit Verdot
AVA: Columbia Valley
After a number of warm years, 2019 was slightly more reminiscent of a cool Oregon vintage. Bud break began at variable times between the cool and warm sites in the Rogue Valley, but generally, the timing matched the Willamette Valley. Bloom took place in early to mid-June with some micro-climate inclement weather that decreased yields for both Grenache Blanc and Noir. Following a mild summer that pulled ahead of the Willamette Valley in heat, Fall consisted of intermittent rain and cool temperatures that dropped to freezing in some vineyards. Despite the damp harvest conditions, they did not see any botrytis and flavors developed beautifully. The 2019 harvest window was smaller than many previous vintages, compressed mostly within 3 weeks, beginning in late September and finishing with their latest pick for 2019 of Fortmiller Syrah.
Classic Viognier floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine complement notes of ripe peach, star fruit, guava and banana. The palate opens with a light and elegant body, transitioning into a medium-full, slightly weighty mouthfeel with tart acid. Crisp fruit flavors of white peach, green banana, jasmine and peach skin transition to a medium-long finish with mouthwatering acid and a food-friendly grape skin grip. With less new oak fermentation than previous vintages (10% new oak, 90% stainless steel), the 2019 Viognier is very fruit-focused.
Intense floral and tropical fruit aromas transition to a luscious mouthfeel with balanced acidity and flavors of stone fruit and spice from a touch of barrel aging. This Viognier is an excellent partner for soft cheeses and seafood (baked clams) as well as bolder dishes like roast pork tenderloin, red curry and potatoes au gratin.
Type: Wine - Still - White
Producer: Dobbes Family Estate
AVA: Rogue Valley