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Columbia Valley
November 2012
45 cases

Fireside Port

You have probably heard the predictions: a hard winter is going to fall. Nothing we can do about the weather, but we can do something about how we take it. Do the usual: Bank the house real good and put up some more wood!

I also suggest taking it Sitting Down. How about in front of a fire with a close friend, extra firewood on the hearth and a glass of our Fireside Port wine in hand?

Our Fireside is a unique example of a Port style of dessert wine. We produced the starting wine using Elephant Mountain grown Sangiovese grapes and some Malbec from the Wahluke Slope. Then we added artisanal brandy made for us from a blend of our Yakima Valley Syrah and Merlot; this is used to halt the fermentation with only a soft sweetness and which also adds a rich symphony of flavors.

The resulting wine has aromas of raspberry, butterscotch, smoke, and candied cherries, which is followed on the pallet with smooth ripe raspberry fruit, butterscotch caramels, smoky oak and a soft mildly sweet finish.