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Perfect wine trio for the holidays | $75

Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, a time to look back and celebrate the year and share stories from years past while enjoying those delicious holiday dishes and a fine glass of wine. We have put together three wines made by some of our winery friends and family that will pair well for your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas menu.
The wines offered are made by wineries that hold special places in our hearts. Three great wineries with lots of memories, stories and great success. We chose 2016 Barrister Syrah, 2014 Lagana Cellars Sagemoor Sauvignon Blanc and 2016 Sagemoor Carving Blocks (Dry Riesling) for this holiday offering.

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  • 2016

    Carving Blocks | Dry Riesling
    Sagemoor

  • 2014

    Syrah
    Barrister “Bacchus Vineyard”

  • 2014

    Sauvignon Blanc | Sagemoor
    Lagana Cellars

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

Syrah’s can-do attitude is a good match for Washington state’s climate and soils. It’s a fun grape to grow—at once steadfast and malleable, plays well with any water or shade experiments we might try. It’s a terrific grape for single-varietal blending. Blend together clusters from a few different sites and watch the magic unfold. But what excites us the most is when a winemaker really digs into one specific site, exploring what those exact grapes from that exact terroir have to offer.

We were thrilled when Barrister chose to zoom in on Bacchus Syrah. Guys with a years-long run of releasing crave-worthy, single-varietal bottles turning their attention to Bacchus’s block 5 Syrah was, for us, like this: Yesssss.

“Their winemaking style and philosophy complement our growing style,” Kent explains. “We aim to grow every grape to the fullest expression of its particular vineyard location. Barrister has figured out a way to dive deep into that expression, coaxing it all the way out.”

Kent is quick to add, “It’s not just the block shining through in this bottle, there’s a real winemaking talent there, driving the complexity of this wine.”

And complex it is. Rich, dark fruit jumps from the glass right away, opening up to make way for subtle coffee and smoke. There’s a delicate spice throughout the mouth, “We like Hungarian oak for that spice” co-owner Greg Lipsker tell us. This bottling is majority French oak (68%), but they did include 16% Hungarian oak in the effort (half new, half used). This 2014 Syrah is fragrant and muscular, a sip coats your whole mouth, but in true Barrister fashion, it slips softly away, leaving a little bit of pucker and a lot of mouth-watering in its wake.

These guys love making wine and it shows in the bottle. “It’s a hobby that’s spun totally out of control,” Greg says. “We couldn’t be happier.”

 

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Barrister Winery

WINEMAKER
Greg Lipsker
Michael White
Tyler Walters

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus

BLEND
95% Syrah
5% Cabernet Sauvignon

ALCOHOL
15.9%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest dates
Syrah, Bacchus block 5a, 9-11
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bacchus block 9, 10-17

TASTING NOTES

From the winery: This velvety smooth Syrah has aroma notes of espresso, plums and black cherry overlain with a smoky spiciness from a touch of Hungarian oak. Aromatic and polished, this wine has a silky texture with a candied sweetness on the palate. Gently coating the roof of the mouth, the wine gives way to a soft, lingering and seductive finish.

From the vineyard crew: Rich, dark fruit jumps from the glass right away, opening up to make way for subtle coffee and smoke. There’s a delicate spice throughout. Fragrant and muscular, a sip coats your whole mouth, but in true Barrister fashion, it slips softly away, leaving a little bit of pucker and a lot of mouth-watering in its wake.

ACCOLADES

Gold Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold, 2018 American Fine Wines Competition

Vintage Story

To gain a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc with both tropical fruit flavors and a touch of grassiness – a reminder to us all of that infamous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but retaining the Washington terrior.  The fruit was picked early in the morning at out Sagemoor and Bacchus vineyards, not only harvest together but pressed together.

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BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Lagana Cellars

WINEMAKER
Jason Fox
Todd Bernave

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus
Sagemoor

BLEND
100% Sauvignon Blanc

ALCOHOL
12.3%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Locations
Bacchus Block 6b
Sagemoor Block 309

TASTING NOTES

From the winery: This wine is a marriage of both Washington and New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc, i.e. fruity but still grassy. Tropical fruits of passionfruit and pineapple mix with apple and the stone fruits peach and apricot on the nose. On the palate, a pleasant mouthfeel with moderate acidity lead to lime, grapefruit, and pear that is secondarily taken over by the variety’s inherent grassiness.

ACCOLADES

86 points, Wine Spectator
84 points, Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

  • 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

  • 2014

    Syrah
    Barrister “Bacchus Vineyard”

Vintage Story

Syrah’s can-do attitude is a good match for Washington state’s climate and soils. It’s a fun grape to grow—at once steadfast and malleable, plays well with any water or shade experiments we might try. It’s a terrific grape for single-varietal blending. Blend together clusters from a few different sites and watch the magic unfold. But what excites us the most is when a winemaker really digs into one specific site, exploring what those exact grapes from that exact terroir have to offer.

We were thrilled when Barrister chose to zoom in on Bacchus Syrah. Guys with a years-long run of releasing crave-worthy, single-varietal bottles turning their attention to Bacchus’s block 5 Syrah was, for us, like this: Yesssss.

“Their winemaking style and philosophy complement our growing style,” Kent explains. “We aim to grow every grape to the fullest expression of its particular vineyard location. Barrister has figured out a way to dive deep into that expression, coaxing it all the way out.”

Kent is quick to add, “It’s not just the block shining through in this bottle, there’s a real winemaking talent there, driving the complexity of this wine.”

And complex it is. Rich, dark fruit jumps from the glass right away, opening up to make way for subtle coffee and smoke. There’s a delicate spice throughout the mouth, “We like Hungarian oak for that spice” co-owner Greg Lipsker tell us. This bottling is majority French oak (68%), but they did include 16% Hungarian oak in the effort (half new, half used). This 2014 Syrah is fragrant and muscular, a sip coats your whole mouth, but in true Barrister fashion, it slips softly away, leaving a little bit of pucker and a lot of mouth-watering in its wake.

These guys love making wine and it shows in the bottle. “It’s a hobby that’s spun totally out of control,” Greg says. “We couldn’t be happier.”

 

details

BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Barrister Winery

WINEMAKER
Greg Lipsker
Michael White
Tyler Walters

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus

BLEND
95% Syrah
5% Cabernet Sauvignon

ALCOHOL
15.9%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest dates
Syrah, Bacchus block 5a, 9-11
Cabernet Sauvignon, Bacchus block 9, 10-17

TASTING NOTES

From the winery: This velvety smooth Syrah has aroma notes of espresso, plums and black cherry overlain with a smoky spiciness from a touch of Hungarian oak. Aromatic and polished, this wine has a silky texture with a candied sweetness on the palate. Gently coating the roof of the mouth, the wine gives way to a soft, lingering and seductive finish.

From the vineyard crew: Rich, dark fruit jumps from the glass right away, opening up to make way for subtle coffee and smoke. There’s a delicate spice throughout. Fragrant and muscular, a sip coats your whole mouth, but in true Barrister fashion, it slips softly away, leaving a little bit of pucker and a lot of mouth-watering in its wake.

ACCOLADES

Gold Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold, 2018 American Fine Wines Competition

  • 2014

    Sauvignon Blanc | Sagemoor
    Lagana Cellars

Vintage Story

To gain a crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc with both tropical fruit flavors and a touch of grassiness – a reminder to us all of that infamous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but retaining the Washington terrior.  The fruit was picked early in the morning at out Sagemoor and Bacchus vineyards, not only harvest together but pressed together.

details

BOTTLE NOTES

WINERY
Lagana Cellars

WINEMAKER
Jason Fox
Todd Bernave

APPELLATION
Columbia Valley

VINEYARDS
Bacchus
Sagemoor

BLEND
100% Sauvignon Blanc

ALCOHOL
12.3%

PRODUCTION NOTES

Harvest Locations
Bacchus Block 6b
Sagemoor Block 309

TASTING NOTES

From the winery: This wine is a marriage of both Washington and New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc, i.e. fruity but still grassy. Tropical fruits of passionfruit and pineapple mix with apple and the stone fruits peach and apricot on the nose. On the palate, a pleasant mouthfeel with moderate acidity lead to lime, grapefruit, and pear that is secondarily taken over by the variety’s inherent grassiness.

ACCOLADES

86 points, Wine Spectator
84 points, Wine Enthusiast
Silver Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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