Chalk and earth with beautiful notes of raspberry and white pepper. Iron and dried herbs complete this wine. It continues to leave an impression long after you've finished the bottle.
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mountain. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
2014 had an early spring and a wonderful, long summer with cool nights to help maintain great acidity in the grapes. Going into the Fall, temperatures cooled down quite a bit throughout the state, and we were able to hang the fruit for a long period of time before harvest. This combination allowed us to develop more complex flavors, while still maintaining the acidity to produce bright, focused wines.
Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
100% whole cluster pressed
31 days on skins
50% neutral French puncheons
18 months barrel-aged on lees
94 Points, #62 of Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 of 2016 (vintage 2013)
"This wine is a blend of 70% MourvÃƒÂ©dre, 25% Grenache and 5% Syrah. It opens with achingly pure red currant, cranberry, black pepper, blue fruit, orange peel and dried herb aromas that completely captivate the senses. The palate shows a hypnotic sense of purity along with a sense of elegance that is dazzling. Smoked meat flavors linger on the long finish."