Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rotie Cellars, Walla Walla

Taste Washington! 2012 Recommended Wines.

Rotie is a winery based entirely on making traditional Rhone blends in Washington State. The idea is to combine old world wine-making techniques with the best Rhone varietals in the area. They are small winery dedicated to creating old world wines from new world grapes.

Winemaker, Sean Boyd - “These wines are not meant for grocery store shelves, but rather they need to be cellared as they are still evolving in bottle.  I will never sterile filter these wines.”

The Wines:

2010 Southern Blend.
2010 Southern Blend, tight, spice, bright. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. Production 600 cases, retail price $40. Recommended. (As of this posting, only 6 cases remain).

2010 Northern Blend.
2010 Northern Blend, Syrah, Viognier, spice, round, tight. 95% Syrah, 15% Viognier. Recommended.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.


Rotie Cellars
For tasting room or direct sales please contact Wine Director, Nicole Rivinius at (509) 956-8477

www.rotiecellars.com
twitter: @RotieCellars

“My idea is to make French-style Rhone Blends right here in Washington. To me this means less alcohol, less ripeness, and less oak. No manipulation. My goal is to make beautiful, graceful wines. I started this venture to make the wines I like to drink, and share them with others.”
- Winemaker, Sean Boyd

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