Lorelle Washington Red Blend
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This wine showcases excellent structure and complexity, making it a superb selection for those seeking a sophisticated, yet approachable red.
- Made from Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon (Oidos Vineyard) and Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec from Red Mountain (Aquilini Vineyard), with a naked elevage (used barrel), they’ve hit all the marks with this wine.
Varietal Composition: 40% Cabernet, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec,10% Merlot
Elaboration: Lorelle sources some of the best fruit from the best growers year after year, to make a wine that is consistently delicious. All the fruit was handpicked and fermented in small 1.5 ton fermenters. Lorelle feels this size vessel achieves the best temperature for fermentation and brings out the most in the fruit.
The wine was aged 10 months in 25% new french oak (Vicard medium plus toast barrels) and 75% neutral french oak.
Blending was done just before bottling. This allows us to monitor each lot separately throughout fermentation and then to allocate the best lots to make the most balanced blend possible.
Tasting Notes: This thoughtful blend exudes charm with its aromas of dark plums, black currants, and a gentle hint of cedar. The palate reveals a harmonious blend of rich, dark fruit flavors, complemented by well integrated oak, leading to a velvety mouth feel and a gracefully extended finish.
Lorelle is produced from a small, family owned and operated winery. Better known as the people behind Six Peaks Winery, founders, John and Lynn Albin (UC Davis), along with their son, Andrew Albin (OSU), work together to produce Lorelle, which are both true to variety and excellent companions with food.
After a long stint as winemaker at King Estate, John planted his own vines at Laurel Vineyard in 1981. Nearly a decade later they expanded from viticulture to winemaking. Throughout John’s long winemaking history in the Pacific Northwest, he has had many opportunities to work with and befriend many talented farmers. These relationships are part of what makes Lorelle so special. They not only meticulously tend to their own vineyards for this project, but they also source some of the best fruit from the best growers year after year to make wines that are consistently delicious.