2012 presented us with warm, consistent weather, after two vintages with some of the coolest temperatures on record. The dry summer produced fruit with a rich full character with the acidity in a perfect tension with slightly higher alcohol levels.
Manufacturer: Nota Bene Cellars
Brand: Nota Bene Cellars
We are proud to be presenting this rose, hopefully the first of many. Appreciate it as an example of what Washington State can do with premium juices reserved from the best red grapes. The juice was extracted just after crush in a process the French call saignee, or bleeding. The wine was raised in seasoned French oak barrels, sur lie with batonage, and full malolactic fermentation. A touch of sugar was added just before bottling to give an Residual Sugar (RS) of .4 g/L. Enjoy as you like on the deck or with dinner on a sunny Summer evening. Or how about floating your boat on a Northwest waterway? Bottled on 7/25/15; 85 cases were produced; Alcohol: 14.35%; pH 3.48, TA 5.00 g/L. (Saignee of Washington State red grapes) Barrels: This wine was aged for 10 months in seasoned French oak.
Manufacturer: Hamilton Cellars
Brand: Hamilton Cellars
2012 marked a return to warmer times in Washington. After two successive cool vintages â€“ this made for some thrilling white wines, especially in 2010 â€“ 2012 tracked close to historical averages in terms of temperature. One of the notable aspects of the vintage was a 100-day spell with no measurable precipitation from July through mid-October. While large amounts of rainfall are never particularly common in eastern Washington, where most areas receive less than ten inches of precipitation annually, this was unusual and certainly contributed to the resulting wines, white and red.