Winemakers Select

Every grape from Kestrel View Estate is tended to and intended to, be blended into our Signature Series in a First Growth Bordeaux House Mentality. This presents the perfect canvas to create and design a multiple tiered system.  From the Signature Series and Winemaker's Select Series our premier fruit can then be declassified to our Falcon Series; wines made at an everyday price point.  With the Winemaker's Select Series, our consumers can purchase full varietals for around forty to fifty dollars.  


2011 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This fine Cabernet Sauvignon, formerly known as Two Ton Cabernet, was created by thinning one block of Cabernet Sauvignon down to two tons per acre, this equates to leaving just one cluster per shoot or about sixteen clusters per vine. Of this block we chose eight rows and conducted another experiment, in which we tied each cluster upward, so that the weight of the fruit would not bend the stem.

We made wine from each portion and then chose to blend them back together at bottling. The wines were both beautiful, with the one from the clusters that were tied upward being a little softer and more elegant. Read the full wine description »

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2013 Cabernet Franc

The grapes came from Olsen Estate Vineyards, located a few miles northwest of Benton City. They are perched on a bench overlooking Corral Creek, a vast dry canyon that carves an impressive swath up into the Rattlesnake Mountains.

The vines were planted in 1994 and are tended to with the precision and care of an artist. The tiny berries were removed from their stems and placed into bins where they were punched down twice daily.  After fermentation the wine was barreled down in French oak for twenty-two months before being bottled. 

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2012 Malbec

All the Malbec was hand harvested from our Kestrel View Estate Vineyard, and was carefully sorted. It was then destemmed and crushed into an open top fermenter, where it was punched down, twice daily to extract the maximum color and flavor. Malbec is a particularly fruity variety; typically it is the most deeply colored and intensely fruity grape variety we deal with.

It is a little difficult, because it usually has really big berries and often has many berries that are not fully developed. The pulp is also an unusual color of florescent green. Every year I look at it in the bins and wonder; how am I going to make wine out of this? Every year it turns out wonderfully though. Read the full wine description »

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2011 Co-Ferment Syrah

The color is a rich amethyst. In the aroma you will find the distinct contribution of the Viognier’s floral elements, with hints of Violets, anise and white pepper. Under the floral perfume, dark and ripe flavors such as plum, blackberries and raspberries are perfectly balanced by toasted oak, cola, coffee and five spice. This is an elegant wine, with a soft round mouth feel, smooth silky tannins, and a long fruity finish. The Syrah, and Viognier were picked on the same day and destemmed and crushed into a fermenter, where they were pumped over twice daily during the fermentation process. By adding Viognier to the Syrah we were able to create an elegant Syrah with floral and spice elements. The color is actually darker than the Syrah would have been on its own, a phenomenon known as co-pigmentation. This is a great example of a Rhone style blend.. Read the full wine description »

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2011 MOURVEDRE

The color is deep garnet with black undertones. In the aroma and on the pallet you will find an abundance of ripe red fruit flavors and floral elements such as red currant, cherry, rosepetals, dried herbs, cardamom and mulling spice. These combine with hints of Elkhart plum, black raspberry, minerals, cocoa and tea. The body is elegant and rich with a lingering finish. This delightful wine will pair superbly with food; it is balanced, complex and boasts structure.

The wine is a blend of mostly Mourvédre, but was co-fermented with Grenache and Syrah to coax out every nuance possible and to enrich the character and complexity of the wine. My instincts tell me that it is very important to blend prior to fermentation whenever possible. After draining and pressing, the wine was aged in small Hungarian, French, and American barrels for 26 months prior to bottling. Ninety-six percent of the grapes came from Olsen Vineyards. The remaining four percent came from Kestrel View Estate Vineyard, both are located high on the Roza, Northeast and North of Prosser. The Yakima Valley seems to be ideally suited for growing Rhone varietals, due to the long summer days that boast in excess of 16 hours of sunshine per day. Follow this with our extended autumns, of warm days and cool nights; factors perfect for producing grapes with ripe fruit flavors and good acidities. Read the full wine description »

 

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2013 Wild Yeast Chardonnay

Our vineyard is unique in that our Chardonnay is the "Wente" clone, one of only few Wente clone Chardonnay vineyards in the state. It is known for being "shy bearing" producing modest quantities of high quality fruit.

It also produces a different flavor and aroma profile; while still showing pear, honeysuckle, citrus and floral notes like the "other" Chardonnay clone, the Wente clone offers hints of mineral, nutmeg, clove and a slight Muscat note. Read the full wine description »

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