Summer 2008 Winemaker Notes

Summer (?) 2008
Winemaker Notes

As I write this on the 10th of June, I see fresh snow on the Olympic peaks behind the winery that fell last night. What a relief to know that Eastern Washington is a world apart in its weather and grapes are growing reasonably well so far despite our wet and cool west side of the state craziness.

I had the privilege of moderating a seminar for the Taste of Washington earlier this year that focused on the “Next Great Washington Red”. We tasted Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Malbec, and Tempranillo. The “take home” messages were that Cabernet Franc will continue to emerge as a mainline Washington State red wine of importance, and watch out for Tempranillo. Tempranillo is the great grape of Spain ’s Rioja region. While no wine will take away the status of Cabernet Sauvignon, another message was that Washington State is producing much more than head-turning Cabernet and Merlot. These “new” varieties are rising stars in the Washington wine constellation.

I am pleased to report that we will be releasing our own Tempranillo this Fall and it is a lovely wine that combines some of the best attributes of Syrah, Malbec and Merlot. Rich, mouthfilling and with good acid and tannins, this wine is going to be a winner.

On the Solstice, our daughter Annie will be getting married to Matt. The reception will be at the winery and we are looking to have a great day regardless of the weather. (We are bringing in tents and heaters just in case!) The gardens are in fine form. Except for that day you are welcome to visit. We look forward to seeing you.

Don Corson


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