Kookoo for Kerloo Cellars - Wowzer!
Here is another promised rose' review. Bonus - review of a delicious GSM too!
First, a big thank you to my wife for bringing these wines home. Second, this is my first exposure to Kerloo Cellars. Third, I have no idea what she paid for these wines. Fourth, both of these wines are sold-out on the Kerloo Cellars site. Fifth, these wines were purchased locally at the West Richland Yokes Grocer - thank you Rachel! Go find these wines for your home and enjoy. I need to schedule a visit with Kerloo Cellars and see for myself the lovelies they are crafting in Walla Walla. Bravo!
Tasting Notes Kerloo Grenache Rose' 2013
Kerloo Cellars treated the Grenache grapes as a white wine and picked early. This maximized bright, pure flavors and higher acids while keeping alcohol content lower. Picked Grenache late in the evening to maximize freshness. The tasting notes I found don't indicate unfined and unfiltered, but I suspect so. This bottle went fast, so my tasting notes are first impressions. It was fantastic.
Color: Pink lemonade.
Nose: Mineral, watermelon, delicate.
Palate: Fresh, strawberry, watermelon, mineral, delicious splash across the palate, bright finish with hint of grapefruit. Very popular at home, especially paired with chicken fried rice. Summer wine hit all the spots for me. Thankful we have another bottle in the fridge. Highly recommended.
Winemaker: Ryan Crane
Angiolina FarmVineyard 100%
Yakima Valley AVA
Closure: Natural cork
Production: 322 cases
Tasting Notes Kerloo 2011 Majestic Columbia Valley
The goal was to assemble a blend that is traditional in the Southern Rhône region of France, focusing on a dense meatiness for the palate. All blocks were picked on different dates and fermented separately then put to barrel and left alone until final blending decisions were made. This was a wonderful GSM wine. Deeply impressed.
Color: Majestic plum, slightly cloudy.
Nose: Boysenberry, rich earth, fruit leather, pepper mill, licorice, lavender, gorgeous.
Palate: Blueberry, boysenberry ,coffee, deep flavor, pleasantly dry, lovely mouth feel, balanced, tasty and went down easy. Big like. Enjoyed with grilled rib eye. The bottle went fast. Amazing wine at this price point. Highly recommended.
Winemaker: Ryan Crane
Blend: 46% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 27% Mourvedre
Closure: natural cork
Production: 253 cases
KERLOO CELLARS TASTING ROOM
Open on Fridays & Saturdays from 11:00am to 4:00pm
We are located at 16 N. 2nd Ave, Walla Walla, WA
Six years ago, Ryan Crane founded Kerloo Cellars located in Walla Walla, Washington. In addition to building the Kerloo brand, Ryan will be venturing into the production of concrete wine vessels (RAW Concrete Company) in the Seattle area.
Keep tabs on this winery. I certainly will.