10 "Rimrock Red"- Washington -- The
100-mile run of unique sandstone cliffs carved over the centuries by
Montana's Yellowstone River is the inspiration for this signature red
blend produced by Yellowstone Cellars & Winery. Not for the faint of
heart, this careful blending of our Bordeaux-style wines with Syrah, is a robust wine loaded with
the flavor of chokecherries, dark chocolate and wild current berries --
finishing with layers of smoked wood and black pepper. The
smooth tannins and oakiness of this wine are perfect with just about
any food -- or give it a chance to stand alone. If you love a grilled
Montana rib-eye steak, roasted prime rib, or a slab of baby-back ribs
this is absolutely the wine for you! Typical of our other reds, it will
only get better with time -- if you have the willpower to salt it away
in your cellar...
'09 Merlot - Washington -- The micro-climate of Washington's Horse Heaven Hills and the silty soils left by the ancient Lake Missoula floods provide the terroir for this Merlot. Notes of chocolate and coffee bean are being enhanced through aging in French oak barrels. A mild natural acidity gives this wine great balance and a complex palate. This easy-to-drink-alone wine pairs well with meat loaf, Italian-style sausages, beef stew or even smoked salmon and tuna. Try it with pasta dishes, pizza and cheeses like Gouda, cheddar, Monterrey Jack or smoked provolone. This is a great candidate for 2-5 years of aging.
'11 Malbec - Washington -- This Malbec is produced with grapes from Yakima Valley vineyards that have been supplying small, artisan wineries for years. It
represents a classic medium-bodied Malbec with pronounced and well-rounded flavors of
dark cherry, blackberry and plum layered over a slew of high profile spices. This makes for an interesting medley of aromas and flavors. Malbec may
be Argentina's signature grape, but nothing is lost in the
smooth tannins and earthy essence of this wine that's been aging
in French and American oak barrels for two years. It's definitely
a red meat wine adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican or Cajun
foods or saucy Italian fare. Consider giving this Malbec a go with meatloaf, barbecue ribs or hamburgers off the grill.
'10 Syrah - Washington -- "For me, Washington state is the second-best place in the world for Syrah, after the Rhône Valley. I really do believe it's that amazing. I'll take it over [Australian] Shiraz or California Syrah any day." - Chris Miller, sommelier at the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills. Our spicy, big-hitting Syrah has aromas of blackberry, currant, cinnamon, vanilla and anise. It ends in firm but smooth and supple tannins creating a soft-lingering finish. Pair it with robust, hearty foods -- including grilled or braised meats, lamb and full-meal dishes. like thick stews and meat-lovers pizza. Enjoy now or at it's best in 2-5 years. By the way -- try it as a delightful compliment to a dark chocolate truffle!
'09 Petite Sirah - Washington - SORRY SOLD OUT!!!
'10 Cabernet Sauvignon - Washington - Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a special treat for “Cab” lovers. Young, big, bold and dark! The grape's naturally high tannins, the unique wood flavors of vanilla and spice complement the natural grape flavors of black currant and tobacco. The grapes for this release (45 cases)were born from the micro-climate of eastern Washington's river valleys and the silty soils left by the ancient Lake Missoula flood. Aged for 30 months in French and American oak it’s a candidate for an added 3-5+ years of aging. We advise setting out a bottle (let it breathe for at least 30 minutes before pouring) the next time you serve grilled steaks, hamburgers, a red meat casserole - it's also perfect when paired with strong-flavored cheese, and chocolates (especially dark chocolate).
'09 Petit Verdot - Washington - When it comes to aroma and flavor, this wine is anything but "petite." Seldom bottled as a stand-alone varietal, this unique "spice box" wine promises to be another huge hit here at the winery - as was our 2008 Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for two years, the dense fruit, dark
color, powerful flavors, and heavy tannins of this wine help it pair with rich cuts of red meat (beef, bison, lamb or wild game) and well-aged cheeses, especially aged smoked cheddar. This full-bodied wine is a perfect choice as a gift for experienced red wine drinkers. With only 40 cases bottled, it will go out the door quickly! That said, this wine is a great candidate for long-term (3+ years) aging.
'09 Sangiovese - Washington -- Our version of the the trademark wine from Italy's Tuscany region comes from the sunwashed vineyards of the Yakima Valley. Remarkable aromas of light-red berry, allspice, tobacco and cedar can be found in this Sangiovese. A medium-body and medium-soft tannin structure allow flavors of red cherry, plum, strawberry,
cinnamon and vanilla enhance your the palate for a wide range of foods. It's very versatile and matches-up well with the flavors of Italian sausage, marinara, lighter red meats, grilled fish, lamb, pork, stews and well-aged cheeses. Very drinkable now -- this wine will age well for 1-3 years.
'09 Cabernet Franc - Washington -- SORRY SOLD OUT! Cabernet Franc is one of the principal grape varieties in most Bordeaux wines, as
well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of France's western
Loire Valley. Most commonly used as a blending grape, we've discovered that
Cabernet Franc on its own can produce a distinctive
and delicious bottle of wine. The color of medium to dark garnet, find distinctive aromas of chocolate, violets and green bell pepper. On the palate this a rich wine with herbaceous
and grassy aromas, and flavors of cassis, raspberry,
and cherry. Cabernet Franc is a staple at Parisian bistros and naturally pair with oven-roasted chicken or steak frites -- as well as a wide mix of Mediterranean tapas.
'10 Barbera - Washington -- This Barbera is made from premium hand-picked grapes grown in a family vineyard that’s been supplying small, boutique wineries for years. Our Barbera is medium-bodied with firm acidity and intense flavors suggesting red cherry, raspberry and early plum. Barrel-aged for two years, and bottle aged for nine months, it’s natural acidity makes this an outstanding and versatile food wine. Great with zesty tomato-based pasta sauces accented with chorizo or Italian sausage. It’s perfect with classic pepperoni pizza. Try pairing this wine with baby back ribs or a big, juicy hamburger with plenty of ketchup!
'09 Tempranillo - Washington -- Our Tempranillo is made from grapes grown in a premier Yakima Valley vineyard located just north of Benton City, WA. The Tempranillo grape is the dominant grape varietal of Spain's Rioja region. Ours has characteristic and vibrant red fruit flavors of plum, cherry and strawberry - mixed with an earthy minerality. This release is traditional of the Spanish-style Tempranillos -- medium-bodied with mild acidity - making a very food friendly wine. Pair with simple meats like chicken, leg of lamb, and pork loin and it works especially well with Mediterranean tapas, bolder meat dishes or an aged Spanish cheese like Manchego or Idiazabal. This release was aged in neutral French & American oak barrels for two years prior to bottling. Drink now -- or better yet, let it age in your cellar or wine rack for at least a year.
White Wines for 2012
'10 - Late Harvest Viognier - Washington -- SORRY SOLD OUT
'11 - Riesling - Washington -- SORRY SOLD OUTIf you're looking for a no-fail white wine for the table or the patio, this off-dry (3.2%residual sugar) wine will fit perfectly. With a sensible balance of sugar and acidity, it has aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, orange peel, peach and honey. Full-bodied but crisp on the palate, it can be enjoyed with chicken recipes, a wide range of salads, seafood dishes, light meats, cold cuts and BLTs. Perfect alone after dinner - or with apple pie or caramel desserts. Drink lightly chilled (50-55 F).
'11 - "Summer Blend" - Washington -- Not just for summertime anymore!!!! But, try this slightly effervescent wine this winter and it'll remind you of those warm summer evenings out on the deck.... It's a treat to every sense. A blend of Riesling and Viognier, this is a zesty, refreshing and incredibly drinkable off-dry white wine. When lightly chilled (50-55F) this wine is great by itself - or it pairs wonderfully with a patio lunch, gourmet appetizers by the fire or with mountain cabin cuisine. Not to be underestimated, it's one of those rare wines that's perfect anytime of the day or night!
'11 Pinot Gris - Washington -- It
‘s time to discover the nuances of this rich and full-bodied white
wine. This is a well-balanced, fruit-driven release with pear and apple
on the nose and notes of mango, citrus and peach on the palate. It has very smooth, almost silk-like overtones that leave an impression of Pinot
Gris pairs well with baked ham, pork chops, chicken quesadillas,
seafood stir fry, cheese & cracker combinations, clam chowder or
light pasta dishes. It’s best when well chilled and made to drink now and into 2013.
'11 "Roche Jaune"- Washington -- The Minnetaree Indians' expression for the 675 miles of the Yellowstone River is Mi-tse a-da-zi, or Yellow Rock River. French
fur trappers called it the "Roche Jaune." Honor our history and
heritage with this signature white blend bottled from our Semillon,
Sauvignon Blanc with touches of Viognier and Pinot Gris. This blend has pineapple
and ripe melon flavors on the nose, following through to a dried
apricot, lightly citrus-palate and a crisp fresh pear finish. Pair it with baked ham, pork chops, roasted game birds, a Montana trout or walleye dinner,
or your favorite pasta with Alfredo sauce. Or... just enjoy it around
the fire with cheese and crackers. By the way; it's pronounced rowsh-shzon -- say it quickly and run the words together.
'10 Chardonnay - Yakima Valley -- SORRY SOLD OUT!!! A secret is just getting out: The small family vineyards of the sun-soaked Yakima Valley produce some of the world's best Chardonnay grapes. This crisp and very lightly oaked wine is testament to that notoriety. It provides mild notes of butterscotch, vanilla and very light buttery flavors with firm acidity and a mild apricot finish. Chardonnay pairs with roast poultry, pork, shrimp or Caribbean fare along with an array of mild cheeses and cream sauces. Serve this Chardonnay "cool" (50-55 degrees) -- not refrigerator cold -- to enhance its fruit flavors.T