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
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
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.
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.
Bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
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.
100% French Oak (40% new) for 23 months.