Growing Conditions

2015 was the warmest year on record and proved to be a warm fall as well. The skins thickened due to the intense and lasting heat that created density and richness in the resulting wine. AVAs: Columbia Valley AVA, Wahluke Slope AVA VINEYARDS: Bacchus, Dionysis – Kent Waliser & Derek Way (Pasco, WA Columbia Valley AVA) 800 ft. elevation, planted 1972 in sandy silt southwest facing hillside on the Columbia River. Gamache – Roger Gamache (Mesa, WA Wahluke Slope AVA) 900 ft. elevation, planted 1985 in sandy silt with “caliche” rocks on a warm south facing slope affording good natural air drainage above the valley. Weinbau – Kent Waliser & Miguel Rodriguez (Matawa, WA Wahluke Slope AVA) 750 ft. elevation, planted 1985 in windblown loess 6 inches top soil above 60 ft of gravel on a hillside with southern exposure. Pre-Missoula Flood.

Harvest

2015 was the earliest grapes have ever been harvested in the state of Washington as well as for àMaurice. We picked our first lot in August! We picked as fast as we could to maintain freshness and natural acidity.

Bottling

Bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Winemaking

After being hand-picked, hand sorted, and de-stemmed the fruit is fermented in small lot stainless steel jacketed 2.3 ton fermenters with the cap punched down and pumped over. Malolactic fermented in barrel for two months.

Aging

Aged in 100% French Oak (40% new) for 23 months.