Minimalist Winemaking is a philosophy of only light intervention in the natural process of winemaking. This style of winemaking produces wines with a lightness of touch and a depth of character. Every bottle is age worthy, fresh, and interesting.
Our grapes are primarily picked by hand. However we are experimenting with a Pellenc mechanical harvester at a couple vineyards. At harvest we seek to emphasize bright acidity, tension, and a lower extraction of tannins through lower fermentation temperatures and addition of whole clusters into the fermentation vessel.
We have long-term acre contracts with the following vineyards:
- Columbia Valley – Dionysus Vineyard (Petit Verdot)
- Horse Heaven Hills – Champoux Vineyard (Cabernet Franc, Malbec), Wallula Vineyard (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mourvèdre)
- Walla Walla - Blue Mountain Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon), Francisca’s Vineyard (Viognier), Les Collines Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon), Southwind Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon), Summit View Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- Yakima Valley- Copeland Vineyard (Malbec), Dineen Vineyard (Cabernet Franc, Viognier), Dutchman Vineyard (Cabernet Franc) , Lonesome Springs (Barbera), Mary Evelyn Vineyard (Malbec), Olsen Ranch (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Roussanne, Viognier), Tudor Vineyard (Pinot Gris).
Unifying these vineyards are experienced grape growers farming high elevation vineyard sites with either old vines or new experimental vine clones.