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Quenching a Thirst

The White Wines of Sagemoor | $68

We started the journey into making our own wine with a stunning block of red wine grapes in 2014. But the prolific 2016 vintage was the harvest of opportunity to create white wine bearing the Sagemoor name. Two extraordinary women—our vineyard manager Lacey Lybeck, and The Walls winemaker/owner Ali Mayfield—worked together to bring this dream into vivid life. We couldn’t be prouder.

These are our first three white wines in an ongoing collaboration between our vineyard crew and Washington’s finest winemakers. There’s something for everybody in this offering. Enjoy.

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  • 2016

    Without Rehearsal | Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
    Sagemoor

  • 2016

    Carving Blocks | Dry Riesling
    Sagemoor

  • 2016

    Among Friends | Sweet Riesling
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

This is a mad-about-you project. A white Bordeaux dream that worked out.

At the end of August in 2016, Lacey was standing among rare, unclaimed Sauvignon Blanc in our Bacchus Vineyard. A solid amount still dangling on the vine. “The fruit goes to premium wineries so I knew we had something distinctive just hanging here, and we had a special winemaker able to receive it. I had to make the call!”

That special winemaker is Ali Mayfield. As 2016 harvest approached, we knew beautiful grapes would remain after fulfilling all winemaker requests, so we brainstormed dream partners for our very first white wine collaboration. Ali, and her great reputation for working with white grapes, was the aspirational “get”. We approached her with the idea to make wine with our grapes before we knew what or when.

And she said yes!

A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

So, Lacey worked into the night, using the last hours of sunlight to fill a truck and send it off to Walla Walla. Ali was waiting at the other end to receive the Sauvignon Blanc, her first ever attempt to work with the varietal. “It’s a tricky grape, it’s so fragile and it oxidizes quickly. But I love a good challenge,” Ali says.

Another block of Sauv Blanc came up in Gamache Vineyard—a site whose flavor profiles we couldn’t yet truly predict. But we know grapes and soil, and our instinct said these would enhance our blend. And finally, for the extra-crucial Semillon, our Dionysus Vineyard smiled on us with ripe, rose-gold clusters that tasted like sliced pears hanging on the vine. The voluptuous oomph for our white Bordeaux dream had arrived.

“Without Rehearsal” is as honest a name as they come. We’d never made our own white wine. It has fruit from a vineyard we couldn’t fully predict. The two women behind it were working together for the first time. Our winemaker had never worked with the main grape.

The effort paid off. This wine has everything. A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Dionysus, Gamache

BLEND
68% Sauvignon Blanc
32% Semillon

ALCOHOL
14.3%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Sauv Blanc, Aug 27
Gamache Sauv Blanc, Sept 19
Dionysus Semillon, Sept 30

TASTING NOTES

A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

ACCOLADES

Vintage Story

Both of our Rieslings are the true definition of a field blend. The madness of harvest was in full swing, but at the end of the day as everything calmed down, Lacey and Ali went out to explore for our Sagemoor project. They were eating grapes vine by vine in Bacchus and deciding by flavor notes which spots to pick. Let’s pick half this row. Let’s pick the crest of that hill. As they walked, Ali explained her winemaking perspective and process to Lacey. Lacey profiled the flavors of our five vineyards to Ali. Together, they carved out the style of their dry Riesling collaboration. Carving Blocks was born.

“My job is to raise the best grapes possible for other people’s projects,” says Lacey. “But the harvest of 2016 was so abundant we had ample grapes to play with. To cherry-pick the vineyards for our own project… It was fun!”

“We were looking for a singularly focused style for Carving Blocks,” Ali explains. “The great Rieslings of the world are not allowed to get super ripe, so we had to harvest before grapes turned that corner. It was so incredible to field sample with Lacey and find the clusters that built this wine.”

We absolutely love Riesling at Sagemoor. This racy, aromatic bottle is one reason why.

From Lacey: “In the vineyard, if we tasted hints of stone fruit in our Riesling grapes, we harvested immediately. The stone-fruit stage of ripeness can offer incredible floral aromas in the final product. Once the stone fruit ripens to more peachy, you make a different wine altogether.”

Ali’s experience with Riesling is the final touch that tilts this bottling to a global style. Lacey brings a strong Washington perspective to the table, “Ali opened my eyes to German influences on our home soil. She took me a step out of my ‘home palate’. Thanks, Ali!”

The final blend is 70% from two blocks in Bacchus growing German clones (Geisenheim 198 and Neustedt 90 for you clone geeks). The other 30% is special old vine Riesling (1983 plantings) in Gamache Vineyard which brings incredible freshness and acid. Ali’s crew immediately destemmed all grapes as they came in to maintain varietal purity.

Final answer? The ambrosial aromatics are alive and well. Medium-bodied palate is rich with pear, white peach, and limestone minerals. Bright and balanced acidity makes for a very clean finish. We absolutely love Riesling at Sagemoor. This racy, aromatic bottle is one reason why.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Gamache

BLEND
100% Riesling

ALCOHOL
13.05%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Riesling, Sept 19
Gamache Riesling, Oct 28

TASTING NOTES

Ambrosial aromatics are well-accounted for here. Medium-bodied palate is rich with pear, white peach, and limestone minerals. Bright and balanced acidity makes for a very clean finish.

ACCOLADES

Vintage Story

This is where our white wine project gets the most personal. Truth be told, producing a sweeter-style Riesling was our original reason for dreaming about white wine at all.

We’re a big, close-knit crew here at Sagemoor. Occasionally, at the end of a long and hot harvest day, we’ll gather together in a shady spot and decompress with each other. There’s a lot of ceviche during those times. Someone might make carne asada for the whole gang. No wine pairs better with exhaustion and fresh Mexican fare like a beautifully done sweet Riesling.

But, no matter how delicious, and no matter how versatile with foods and spices from all over the world, sweet Riesling has a PR problem. So our plan was to produce it only for us, internally, where it’s rightfully revered.

Then Ali Mayfield agreed to make it. Now it’d be rude not to share.

Extraordinary balance of flavors and acid. That’s what makes sweet Riesling exceptional instead of clumsy and cloying. Ali Mayfield has achieved it here.

When Ali and Lacey were out in the field they agreed conditions seemed ideal for an intense stretch of ripening. They kept precise notes on which clusters could hang until the last possible moment. All four blocks in this bottle were picked on October 28. If grapes were like Cinderella, we harvested these at five minutes to midnight.

Let’s taste it.

There’s an upfront richness and intensity that may fool your palate at first, but this is a delicate wine. A cushion of ripe apricot, a plate of stones, palate-refreshing slice of acid. Balance. Pure, extraordinary balance. That’s what makes sweet Riesling exceptional instead of clumsy or cloying. Ali has achieved it here.

“Among Friends” is a name stretching many directions. Lacey and Ali creating together. Walla Walla (Ali, The Walls) and Columbia Valley (that’s us) joining forces. Grapes from Weinbau, Dionysus, and Gamache all together. And of course, the entire Sagemoor crew across all five vineyards to whom we dedicate this effort forevermore.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Dionysus, Gamache, Weinbau

BLEND
100% Riesling

ALCOHOL
11.04%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Oct. 28

TASTING NOTES

There’s an upfront richness and intensity that may fool your palate at first, but this is a delicate wine. A cushion of ripe apricot, a plate of stones, palate-refreshing slice of acid. Balance. Pure, extraordinary balance.

ACCOLADES

  • 2016

    Without Rehearsal | Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

This is a mad-about-you project. A white Bordeaux dream that worked out.

At the end of August in 2016, Lacey was standing among rare, unclaimed Sauvignon Blanc in our Bacchus Vineyard. A solid amount still dangling on the vine. “The fruit goes to premium wineries so I knew we had something distinctive just hanging here, and we had a special winemaker able to receive it. I had to make the call!”

That special winemaker is Ali Mayfield. As 2016 harvest approached, we knew beautiful grapes would remain after fulfilling all winemaker requests, so we brainstormed dream partners for our very first white wine collaboration. Ali, and her great reputation for working with white grapes, was the aspirational “get”. We approached her with the idea to make wine with our grapes before we knew what or when.

And she said yes!

A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

So, Lacey worked into the night, using the last hours of sunlight to fill a truck and send it off to Walla Walla. Ali was waiting at the other end to receive the Sauvignon Blanc, her first ever attempt to work with the varietal. “It’s a tricky grape, it’s so fragile and it oxidizes quickly. But I love a good challenge,” Ali says.

Another block of Sauv Blanc came up in Gamache Vineyard—a site whose flavor profiles we couldn’t yet truly predict. But we know grapes and soil, and our instinct said these would enhance our blend. And finally, for the extra-crucial Semillon, our Dionysus Vineyard smiled on us with ripe, rose-gold clusters that tasted like sliced pears hanging on the vine. The voluptuous oomph for our white Bordeaux dream had arrived.

“Without Rehearsal” is as honest a name as they come. We’d never made our own white wine. It has fruit from a vineyard we couldn’t fully predict. The two women behind it were working together for the first time. Our winemaker had never worked with the main grape.

The effort paid off. This wine has everything. A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

details

BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Dionysus, Gamache

BLEND
68% Sauvignon Blanc
32% Semillon

ALCOHOL
14.3%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Sauv Blanc, Aug 27
Gamache Sauv Blanc, Sept 19
Dionysus Semillon, Sept 30

TASTING NOTES

A viscous mouthfeel. Unreserved minerality. A medley of soft melon and palate-tickling citrus zest. Gorgeous balance and a silky smooth finish. We love it alone but even more so with lunch.

ACCOLADES

  • 2016

    Carving Blocks | Dry Riesling
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

Both of our Rieslings are the true definition of a field blend. The madness of harvest was in full swing, but at the end of the day as everything calmed down, Lacey and Ali went out to explore for our Sagemoor project. They were eating grapes vine by vine in Bacchus and deciding by flavor notes which spots to pick. Let’s pick half this row. Let’s pick the crest of that hill. As they walked, Ali explained her winemaking perspective and process to Lacey. Lacey profiled the flavors of our five vineyards to Ali. Together, they carved out the style of their dry Riesling collaboration. Carving Blocks was born.

“My job is to raise the best grapes possible for other people’s projects,” says Lacey. “But the harvest of 2016 was so abundant we had ample grapes to play with. To cherry-pick the vineyards for our own project… It was fun!”

“We were looking for a singularly focused style for Carving Blocks,” Ali explains. “The great Rieslings of the world are not allowed to get super ripe, so we had to harvest before grapes turned that corner. It was so incredible to field sample with Lacey and find the clusters that built this wine.”

We absolutely love Riesling at Sagemoor. This racy, aromatic bottle is one reason why.

From Lacey: “In the vineyard, if we tasted hints of stone fruit in our Riesling grapes, we harvested immediately. The stone-fruit stage of ripeness can offer incredible floral aromas in the final product. Once the stone fruit ripens to more peachy, you make a different wine altogether.”

Ali’s experience with Riesling is the final touch that tilts this bottling to a global style. Lacey brings a strong Washington perspective to the table, “Ali opened my eyes to German influences on our home soil. She took me a step out of my ‘home palate’. Thanks, Ali!”

The final blend is 70% from two blocks in Bacchus growing German clones (Geisenheim 198 and Neustedt 90 for you clone geeks). The other 30% is special old vine Riesling (1983 plantings) in Gamache Vineyard which brings incredible freshness and acid. Ali’s crew immediately destemmed all grapes as they came in to maintain varietal purity.

Final answer? The ambrosial aromatics are alive and well. Medium-bodied palate is rich with pear, white peach, and limestone minerals. Bright and balanced acidity makes for a very clean finish. We absolutely love Riesling at Sagemoor. This racy, aromatic bottle is one reason why.

details

BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus, Gamache

BLEND
100% Riesling

ALCOHOL
13.05%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Bacchus Riesling, Sept 19
Gamache Riesling, Oct 28

TASTING NOTES

Ambrosial aromatics are well-accounted for here. Medium-bodied palate is rich with pear, white peach, and limestone minerals. Bright and balanced acidity makes for a very clean finish.

ACCOLADES

  • 2016

    Among Friends | Sweet Riesling
    Sagemoor

Vintage Story

This is where our white wine project gets the most personal. Truth be told, producing a sweeter-style Riesling was our original reason for dreaming about white wine at all.

We’re a big, close-knit crew here at Sagemoor. Occasionally, at the end of a long and hot harvest day, we’ll gather together in a shady spot and decompress with each other. There’s a lot of ceviche during those times. Someone might make carne asada for the whole gang. No wine pairs better with exhaustion and fresh Mexican fare like a beautifully done sweet Riesling.

But, no matter how delicious, and no matter how versatile with foods and spices from all over the world, sweet Riesling has a PR problem. So our plan was to produce it only for us, internally, where it’s rightfully revered.

Then Ali Mayfield agreed to make it. Now it’d be rude not to share.

Extraordinary balance of flavors and acid. That’s what makes sweet Riesling exceptional instead of clumsy and cloying. Ali Mayfield has achieved it here.

When Ali and Lacey were out in the field they agreed conditions seemed ideal for an intense stretch of ripening. They kept precise notes on which clusters could hang until the last possible moment. All four blocks in this bottle were picked on October 28. If grapes were like Cinderella, we harvested these at five minutes to midnight.

Let’s taste it.

There’s an upfront richness and intensity that may fool your palate at first, but this is a delicate wine. A cushion of ripe apricot, a plate of stones, palate-refreshing slice of acid. Balance. Pure, extraordinary balance. That’s what makes sweet Riesling exceptional instead of clumsy or cloying. Ali has achieved it here.

“Among Friends” is a name stretching many directions. Lacey and Ali creating together. Walla Walla (Ali, The Walls) and Columbia Valley (that’s us) joining forces. Grapes from Weinbau, Dionysus, and Gamache all together. And of course, the entire Sagemoor crew across all five vineyards to whom we dedicate this effort forevermore.

details

BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Wines of Sagemoor

WINEMAKER
Ali Mayfield, The Walls

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Dionysus, Gamache, Weinbau

BLEND
100% Riesling

ALCOHOL
11.04%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Date
Oct. 28

TASTING NOTES

There’s an upfront richness and intensity that may fool your palate at first, but this is a delicate wine. A cushion of ripe apricot, a plate of stones, palate-refreshing slice of acid. Balance. Pure, extraordinary balance.

ACCOLADES

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