Elégance is homage to single vineyard terroir. A blend of all five Bordeaux varietals all grown at the Meek Family Vineyard near Benton City, this wine shows finesse and depth, two attributes that require craft both in the vineyard and winery.
For the first time since making Grâce we have blended all five Bordeaux varieties, namely: about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, about 20% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec and 2% Petite Verdot.
Subtle blackberry notes suggest a dark side, while a hint of leather promises danger, but take comfort, this one is a gentle mistress.
Trinquer is a fun little French word translating to “clink” in English. This intense blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is aromatic and full bodied but finishes with a mineral notes and an orchard fresh apple acidity. It is a dry table wine with just a hint of fruit. Gather your friends and family around a table of fresh Pacific Northwest oysters, Washington cheese and a fresh baked baguette. Don’t forget to chill the Trinquer blend to wash it all down perfectly.
2013 Rugosa Rose
We love this bright and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon rosé. This vintage was released to us late in this hot season, and we couldn’t be happier for the refreshing addition. This dry rosé is named for the fragrant, colorful and versatile Rugosa Rose, a perennial favorite. The Cabernet grapes lend substance, structure, and aromas to be enjoyed all year. Serve lightly chilled and always with good friends.
This fruit driven wine shocases the classic pepper, spice and deep blackberry flavors that are making Washington State Syrahs turn heads around the world.
2011 Cabernet Franc
Our 2011 example is from Fred Artz' on Red Mountain, Chandler Reach, just a stone's throw up the Yakima Valley, and from Meek Family Vineyard near Benton City. This wine showcases some of the reasons that Cabernet Franc is beginning to turn heads. Depth of color, flavor, mouth feel; raspberries, not black berries, high palate tones, not plums and cherries - these are marks of Cabernet Franc at its best and beautifully expressed in this vintage.
Of the "Bordeaux" varieties, Malbec is the most iconoclastic from our experience. Taste for near citrus elements and something that might be a cross between Syrah and Zinfandel.
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
We have worked to make a wine that is approachable now for those full flavored meals and a wine with enough structure to age beautifully for the next decade, though you may have difficulty saving it for that long.