2017 French Creek Vineyard Red Wine
81% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah, 1% Grenache Blanc from French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. The 2017 FC Red is full of potential and so far is just showing hints of what is in store. The nose shows a cool reductive funk and wild Oregon Marionberries (I know Marionberries don’t grow in the wild, but if they did, this is what they would taste like). The palate is showing a silky but very present tannin structure, acid and hints of earth, red fruit and savory herbs. I’m really excited to watch where this goes.
2016 Elevation Vineyard Marsanne
100% Marsanne from Elevation Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. These vines only produced one vintage before being pulled out and replaced with Syrah. The aromatics open with musk, melon, fresh thyme and a hint of marshmallow cream. As it sits open, the profile continues to shift toward the savory side with the thyme coming more into prominence and a bit of honeysuckle beginning to emerge. The palate is all about texture; it is slightly phenolic, with a richness in the midpalate that belies the 12% alcohol. Flavors tend toward the floral/savory/non-fruit spectrum, with more honeysuckle, thyme, and a stony mineral quality. On the finish, it lingers with vanilla cream without losing its freshness.
2016 French Creek Red Wine
The 2016 French Creek Red is a blend of 76% Mourvèdre, 21% Syrah and 3% Grenache Blanc. As with the 2015 vintage, all of the varieties were picked together and cofermented. The winemaking followed my minimal intervention ethos: 100% whole cluster, foot crushed, native yeast, no filtration, no new oak, minimal sulfur, and a mostly undisturbed elevage in a cool cellar. The resulting wine is a crystal clear, ruby red, 13.1% alcohol delight.
2016 French Creek Mourvèdre "Sans Soufre"
The 2016 French Creek Mourvèdre “Sans Soufre” is an experiment gone terribly right. Before this, I have never made a wine without the use of Sulfur Dioxide (a common preservative and antioxidant used in nearly all wine production), so I had to give it a try, but with every intention of blending the wine back in with the 2016 French Creek Red. Well, what I came up with was too wild, too unruly, too charming to blend, so I had to bottle it separately. I love this wine, and I think you will too.
2015 French Creek Red Wine
The 2015 French Creek Red Blend is floral and red fruit driven (think pomegranate, blood orange and strawberry) with a savory undertone and a lively palate. This is an ideal wine to introduce everyone to the Devium style. The final blend, which was all co-fermented, is 90% Mourvèdre, 8% Syrah and 2% Grenache Blanc.