The aromatics are intoxicating, leading with white peach, floral notes, a bubbly blueberry cream soda, and orange peel. The flavors are subtle and smooth. At first the fruit envelopes your tongue, feeling sweet and fruity but not overtly sweet. The balance is a combination of creaminess and citrus leaving you wanting more.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard – Horse Heaven Hills AVA
The start of 2020 was wet for Eastern Washington standards, some snow accumulated, and a few showers meant there was plenty of snowpack in the mountains and plenty of moisture in the soils to ensure vines got off to a good start. The spring continued the trend and vines started to push a little earlier than average. This early season growth seemed to set us on a path to early harvest, but the summer was consistent and did not make harvest start to early. Overall, the heat units were up but limited days in the triple digits had vines ripening at a steady pace. It was another season that saw smoke impact some areas, we seemed to miss the worst of it at our vineyard. The white wines were picked in early September and harvest went all the way to the end of October. The quality is amazing, and we can’t wait to share the wines with you.
This was an exciting year to make our Roussanne, we finally got to blend in some Marsanne! We have always considered mixing the two varietals, but this was the first year we got an opportunity to harvest some of the Marsanne. There was not enough to ferment separately so we picked both varietals and fermented them together. The mixture is magical, I love the way the wine smells and the flavors are great.
We picked this in early September and fermented it in stainless steel. I am consistently impressed with how delicious this wine tastes right off the bat. It is one of those wines that seems to come together early. It is all about picking at the right time. Roussanne is not an overly acidic varietal so you want to pick it a little early while there is still plenty of natural acidity. There is an oily component to the varietal that helps enhance mouthfeel, adding a creamy note without going through malolactic fermentation.
I cannot wait to hear what people think of this vintage.
|Wine Style||White Wine|
|Varietal Composition||85% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne|
|Appellation||Horse Heaven Hills|
|Pick Date||September 8, 2020|