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Rotie Cellars, Southern Blend 2012
70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre
Washington State's Rotie Cellars describe their philosophy as 'Old World Wines from New World Vines' and take their inspiration primarily from the wines of France's Rhone valley.
Being Grenache dominant, bright red fruits with rhubarb and cranberry prevail with white pepper, black currant, and raspberry. Following through to anise and pepper in a long, smooth finish.
Grapes for the Southern Blend come primarily from the rugged southern slopes of Horse Heaven Hills. Sandy soils, high winds whipping off the Columbia River, and 40 degree diurnal temperature shifts make this arguably the best spot in Washington state for Grenache and Mourvedre. Grenache, like Cabernet Sauvignon, needs consistent heat and cool nights to ripen. Our favorite sites are the South facing slopes of Horse Heaven Hills, The Gorge and Snipes Mountain. Which feature sandy soils adding minerality, and high winds which increase skin density and produce beautiful tannins. Cool nights helps temper these tannins and keep the grapes from exploding with sugar.
Since 2007, winemaker and owner Sean Boyd's goal has been to make traditional Rhone blends in Washington State. Boyd sources from some of the best and oldest vineyards in the state in an effort to showcase the most elegant blend possible, while ensuring the typicity of the fruit is expressed. Each year a new vintage of the Northern and Southern red and white blends is released, bringing different attributes of the growing season to the table.