Planted in 1991, Chardonnay thrives in the sandy loam soils of Conner Lee Vineyard. Fermented and aged on the lees for 180 days - undergoing a complete ML fermentation - this wine remains incredibly fresh, with an elegant density and electricity all at once. Conner Lee is a name synonymous with some the best Chardonnay ever produced in Washington State. The vineyard sits to the east of the Wahluke Slope, and was planted under the guidance of Walter Clore, the pioneering “Father of Washington Wine.” It was by a simple stroke of luck that we came to know that there was an opportunity to work with this vineyard. Fermented in stainless barrels on its lees, completing both primary and partial-malolactic fermentation, it is a rich, and yet very fresh wine. Savory aromatics give way to honeysuckle, fresh cut pear, baked apple and chilled cream. This wine has the very best traits of one of the most classic grapes in the world. To say it is delicious is would be an understatement.
RANGE is a blend of Grenache from the southern reaches of Washington State, and Syrah grown 100 miles to the north. The product of two classic Rhone varietals, each grown in vastly distinct locales, this wine is a sultry, and incredibly balanced array of flavor. It is the extent to which, or the limits between which variation is possible
Planted in 1985, Dionysus Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is really as good as it gets for old vine Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State. We worked with this fruit for three years before releasing it as a standalone wine as part of the AERIALS Series, dialing in our approach. All along the fruit was top-notch. Each vineyard and each block - even different sites of the same clone - are wildly unique. This is Terroir. This being the case, it takes a lot of time, many trials and various iterations to make the best wine possible from each individual site. Finally, the wines we are creating from this site are everything we had hoped they would be.
Our Block 18 Syrah is grown in the heart of the Wahluke Slope AVA and is distinctive for its jet black color, floral aromatics, creaminess on the palate and density of finish. 30% of the fruit is added to the fermentors on the stems, thereby brightening the wine and lifting aromatics dramatically from the fruit's natural tendency of earthen texture and robust mouthfeel. It is iconic Washington Syrah at its most elegant.
The Block 19 Syrah from Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope was the first Syrah to exhibit the qualities we were looking for from the variety. Made from the 877 clone, with its 'roots' (pun intended) in Southern France, this Syrah is produced with a focus on minimal intervention. We leave it on its lees for an extended period of time, stirring those lees early in its cellaring. The wine will spend 22-24 months in barrel. It is unfined, unfiltered, with an incredibly dark yet lively fruit, and a smoky aromatic substructure.
Merlot is the grape most responsible for the existence of Revelry Vintners. After years of tasting and enjoying wine with a raw interest, it was a singular experience with Merlot sourced merely miles from where we now grow our Merlot for this wine in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA that wholly grabbed our Winemaker, Jared Burns', attention. Merlot from these locations shows the variety in what we feel is its true light. With a round profile and a dense, saturated mid palate, this is a Merlot with a great deal of scale. The flavor profile is a beautiful sort of compote of fresh blackberries, Marionberry, and blueberry over roasted vanilla meringue. This wine will age incredibly well for 10 yrs and beyond.