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Seattle, WA -- Jan 20, 2020

The WallsOne relatively new wine project out of Walla Walla, The Walls was founded by former software executive, Mike Martin. Mike has been an exceedingly busy man of late, as he recently purchased the Rockgarden Estate Vineyard from Buty Winery to add to his portfolio. The Walls is actually named after a Walla Walla nickname for the local Washington State Penitentiary, as the winery imparts aptly playful names for their wines, like the ‘Concrete Mama’ referring to both the storage of the wine along with the housing for penitentiary inmates. It was recently announced that superstar winemaker, Todd Alexander, will be the new consulting winemaker for The Walls who also recently opened a new winery on Pine St. in downtown Walla Walla. Todd brings a wealth of experience to The Walls and I am very excited to see what he does with this program as he has been crafting some stunning, one of a kind, new wines for Force Majeure.The new 2017 The Walls ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay (WWB, 91) has terrific poise and balance, as this cool site wine would be great for a warm summer day. I really enjoyed the 2017 The Walls ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah (WWB, 92) which has good freshness and lift, with a plush texture and lovely stony undertones. Learn more about these great wines at www.thewallsvineyards.com Here are the new releases by The Walls.2017 The Walls ‘Les Jeunes Vignes’ Chardonnay- Showing off a bright color, the Les Jeunes Vignes’ opens with light white peach and damp stone aromas that take shape in the glass. The polished mouthfeel and soft texture really entices here as ripe orchard fruits and lighter wet stone and melon tones come together beautifully on the palate. This is really well-done. Drink 2020-2027- 912018 The Walls ‘Martin’s Gold’ Chardonnay- Sourced from the French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, the ‘Martin’s Gold’ opens with pretty honeysuckle with honeydew melon and baked apple aromas that take shape in the glass. The palate is soft, delivering a wonderful freshness and texture. Bright lemon cream and vanilla creme brûlée flavors collide with minerals and ripe melon undertones. This is fantastic stuff now that will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2020-2030- 922017 The Walls ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay- The 2017 ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay is sourced from the White Salmon Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. Lithe and showing good minerality, the wine reveals bright green apple, starfruit and vanilla cream flavors. Enjoy this in the short-term while the brightness remains. Drink 2020-2025- 912017 The Walls ‘River Rock Vineyard’ Grenache- Sourced from the ‘River Rock Vineyard’ in The Rocks of Milton-Freewater AVA, this Grenache combines smoky and lighter wet stone tones with bright red fruits that march in line in the glass. The freshness is very nice as medium-bodied red fruit flavors mingle with orange rind and a hint of Umami on the palate. Drink 2020-2027- 912017 The Walls ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah- Sourced from the ‘River Rock Vineyard’ this shows good aromatic range form bacon fat to tar and umami that collide with the dense core of dark fruits that take shape in the glass. The palate is plush, giving off a silky texture and bright, mouth-watering acidity. Blackberry jelly with creosote and seaweed flavors mingle with the lighter stony undertones on the palate. Enjoy this over the next decade. Drink 2020-2029- 922017 The Walls ‘The Ramparts’ Red Wine- A blend of 40% Grenache, and 40% Mourvedre with small portions Counoise and Viognier, ‘The Ramparts’ shows nice scorched earth and herbal tones that collide with a good core of dark fruits on the nose. The palate shows a silky texture and plush mouthfeel with straightforward dark fruit and cocoa powder flavors. Drink 2020-2027- 912017 The Walls ‘Stanley Groovy’ Red Wine- A kitchen sink blend of six Red Mountain sourced varietals, including 28% Touriga Nacional, the inky colored ‘Stanley Groovy’ opens with a bouquet of tar and smoky tones that meld with the rich black fruit on the nose. The palate is dense and unveils a soft mouthfeel. Black Forest cake and shades of tar with smoked brisket all combine marvelously on the palate. Fantastic now, this highly novel Washington red wine will cellar well for the next seven to ten years. Drink 2020-2027- 922017 The Walls ‘Curiositas’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Deeply perfumed, the ‘Curiositas’ shows blackberry compote and smoky tones that meld with chocolate cake aromatics that play together in the glass. Soft and generous on the mouth, the wine delivers medium to full-bodied dark fruit flavors with violet, sagebrush and smoky undertones. Enjoy this excellent Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon over the next decade. Drink 2020-2030- 91 ... See MoreSee Less

The Walls

One relatively new wine project out of Walla Walla, The Walls was founded by former software executive, Mike Martin. Mike has been an exceedingly busy man of late, as he recently purchased the Rockgarden Estate Vineyard from Buty Winery to add to his portfolio. The Walls is actually named after a Walla Walla nickname for the local Washington State Penitentiary, as the winery imparts aptly playful names for their wines, like the ‘Concrete Mama’ referring to both the storage of the wine along with the housing for penitentiary inmates. It was recently announced that superstar winemaker, Todd Alexander, will be the new consulting winemaker for The Walls who also recently opened a new winery on Pine St. in downtown Walla Walla. Todd brings a wealth of experience to The Walls and I am very excited to see what he does with this program as he has been crafting some stunning, one of a kind, new wines for Force Majeure.
The new 2017 The Walls ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay (WWB, 91) has terrific poise and balance, as this cool site wine would be great for a warm summer day. I really enjoyed the 2017 The Walls ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah (WWB, 92) which has good freshness and lift, with a plush texture and lovely stony undertones. Learn more about these great wines at https://www.thewallsvineyards.com Here are the new releases by The Walls.

2017 The Walls ‘Les Jeunes Vignes’ Chardonnay- Showing off a bright color, the Les Jeunes Vignes’ opens with light white peach and damp stone aromas that take shape in the glass. The polished mouthfeel and soft texture really entices here as ripe orchard fruits and lighter wet stone and melon tones come together beautifully on the palate. This is really well-done. Drink 2020-2027- 91

2018 The Walls ‘Martin’s Gold’ Chardonnay- Sourced from the French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, the ‘Martin’s Gold’ opens with pretty honeysuckle with honeydew melon and baked apple aromas that take shape in the glass. The palate is soft, delivering a wonderful freshness and texture. Bright lemon cream and vanilla creme brûlée flavors collide with minerals and ripe melon undertones. This is fantastic stuff now that will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2020-2030- 92

2017 The Walls ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay- The 2017 ‘MacAndrew’ Chardonnay is sourced from the White Salmon Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge. Lithe and showing good minerality, the wine reveals bright green apple, starfruit and vanilla cream flavors. Enjoy this in the short-term while the brightness remains. Drink 2020-2025- 91

2017 The Walls ‘River Rock Vineyard’ Grenache- Sourced from the ‘River Rock Vineyard’ in The Rocks of Milton-Freewater AVA, this Grenache combines smoky and lighter wet stone tones with bright red fruits that march in line in the glass. The freshness is very nice as medium-bodied red fruit flavors mingle with orange rind and a hint of Umami on the palate. Drink 2020-2027- 91

2017 The Walls ‘Concrete Mama’ Syrah- Sourced from the ‘River Rock Vineyard’ this shows good aromatic range form bacon fat to tar and umami that collide with the dense core of dark fruits that take shape in the glass. The palate is plush, giving off a silky texture and bright, mouth-watering acidity. Blackberry jelly with creosote and seaweed flavors mingle with the lighter stony undertones on the palate. Enjoy this over the next decade. Drink 2020-2029- 92

2017 The Walls ‘The Ramparts’ Red Wine- A blend of 40% Grenache, and 40% Mourvedre with small portions Counoise and Viognier, ‘The Ramparts’ shows nice scorched earth and herbal tones that collide with a good core of dark fruits on the nose. The palate shows a silky texture and plush mouthfeel with straightforward dark fruit and cocoa powder flavors. Drink 2020-2027- 91

2017 The Walls ‘Stanley Groovy’ Red Wine- A kitchen sink blend of six Red Mountain sourced varietals, including 28% Touriga Nacional, the inky colored ‘Stanley Groovy’ opens with a bouquet of tar and smoky tones that meld with the rich black fruit on the nose. The palate is dense and unveils a soft mouthfeel. Black Forest cake and shades of tar with smoked brisket all combine marvelously on the palate. Fantastic now, this highly novel Washington red wine will cellar well for the next seven to ten years. Drink 2020-2027- 92

2017 The Walls ‘Curiositas’ Cabernet Sauvignon- Deeply perfumed, the ‘Curiositas’ shows blackberry compote and smoky tones that meld with chocolate cake aromatics that play together in the glass. Soft and generous on the mouth, the wine delivers medium to full-bodied dark fruit flavors with violet, sagebrush and smoky undertones. Enjoy this excellent Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon over the next decade.  Drink 2020-2030- 91Image attachment

Seattle, WA -- Jan 17, 2020

Fullerton WinesFullerton Wines was founded in 2012 by Eric and Susanne Fullerton. Head winemaker Alex Fullerton heads the 4500 case production winery, crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Alex has previously worked as Penner-Ash, as well as Drylands in New Zealand. He began making his own wine out of his garage in 2011. The tasting room is located in Beaverton, only about 40 minutes from Portland.I recently had the chance to sample the range of new wines by Fullerton and they were very good across the board. The 2017 Fullerton ‘Luxe’ Chardonnay (WWB, 92) has great tension and a lovely mouthfeel. This is one for the cellar. 2014 Fullerton ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 92) has wonderful range and freshness, as this has great cellaring potential as well. Learn more about these wines at www.fullertonwines.com Here are the great new releases from Fullerton Wines:2017 Fullerton ‘Five Faces’ Chardonnay- The ‘Five Faces’ Chardonnay is a beautiful bottling by Fullerton. Ripe banana and brioche fill the nose. The freshness imparted its marvelous, as is soft mouthfeel and bright acidity that all leads to the exceedingly long finish. Drink 2020-2025- 902017 Fullerton Wines ‘Lux’ Chardonnay- The ‘Lux’ Chardonnay is a barrel selection wine made by Fullerton comprised of Wente, Davis 108, Dijon 76, 95 and 96 clones. The wine opens with suggestions of lemon zest with Challah bread and ripe pear that all mingle on the nose. The soft texture is enticing as ripe orchard fruits mingle with minerals, vanilla cream and shades of baked apple on the palate. While this is beautiful now, the ‘Lux’ will continue to evolve over the next decade or more, picking up tertiary notes. Drink 2020-2029- 922017 Fullerton ‘Three Otters’ Pinot Noir- This translucent colored Pinot Noir shows lighter guava and citrus rind tones with shades of red cherry candy on this enticing nose. The freshness here is excellent as light to medium bodied red fruits collide with minerals on the palate. This is really a good value. Drink 2020-2023- 892017 Fullerton ‘Bjornson Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Bjornson Vineyard’ is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, as the vineyard is dramatically set with views of Mt. Hood in the background. Ripe red and dark fruits mingle with shades of clove and cinnamon on the nose. The freshness and sense of balance is wonderful as citrus rind and red fruits mingle with the bright sense of minerality. I can see this cellaring well for another decade. Drink 2020-2029- 912017 Fullerton ‘Momtazi Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Oregon wine pioneer Moe Momtazi planted his vineyard in the steeply sloped region that has great influence from the Van Duzer Corridor, as the vineyard is intriguingly set on both marine sedimentary soils and volcanic soils. The stony tones from the volcanic earth really entice on the nose alongside the lighter black fruit tones. While the palate comes off a bit lean, the sense of tension in the wine is really nice, as light red and dark fruits mingle with minerals, saline drenched damp earth and a dusting of volcanic stone. Drink 2020-2029- 912017 Fullerton ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ is set on sedimentary Willakenzie soils that the AVA has become quite famous for. The light saline tones are beautiful and mingle with the bright red fruits and citrus blossom tones on the nose. The palate has really nice fleshy red fruits that dance with the lovely peat moss and damp terroir tones. This is fantastic stuff now but will continue to evolve for at least another decade. Drink 2020-2029- 922017 Fullerton ‘Bella Vida Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Bella Vida Vineyard,’ set on volcanic soils, is located in the Dundee Hills AVA and is plated to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 113, 667 and 777. The earthy tones really excite with forest floor and volcanic earth that mingle with the lighter wild blackberry tones that all mingle nicely in the glass. On the palate this shows excellent verve, with light to medium bodied dark cherry, wild blackberry and damp earth flavors. Drink 2020-2029- 912017 Fullerton ‘Lichtenwalter VIneyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Lichtenwalter Vineyard’ is set in the Ribbon Ridge AVA as this wine is planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clone 777. You are drawn to the damp earth and peat moss tones aromatically that mingle with suggestions of cran-pomegrnate on the expressive nose. The balance and poise is really nice, as the creamy, ripe texture connects with the ripe red fruits on the palate. This is excellent now but this beautiful wine will continue to evolve well for the next decade. Drink 2020-2029- 922017 Fullerton ‘Alderbrook Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Sourced from the Chehalem Mountains AVA, this limited production single vineyard bottling opens with delicate red fruits that collide with the earthy tones on the nose. The palate comes off a bit lean and linear with a bright sense of minerality. Drink 2020-2025- 89 ... See MoreSee Less

Fullerton Wines

Fullerton Wines was founded in 2012 by Eric and Susanne Fullerton. Head winemaker Alex Fullerton heads the 4500 case production winery, crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Alex has previously worked as Penner-Ash, as well as Drylands in New Zealand. He began making his own wine out of his garage in 2011. The tasting room is located in Beaverton, only about 40 minutes from Portland.
I recently had the chance to sample the range of new wines by Fullerton and they were very good across the board. The 2017 Fullerton ‘Luxe’ Chardonnay (WWB, 92) has great tension and a lovely mouthfeel. This is one for the cellar. 2014 Fullerton ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 92) has wonderful range and freshness, as this has great cellaring potential as well. Learn more about these wines at http://www.fullertonwines.com Here are the great new releases from Fullerton Wines:

2017 Fullerton ‘Five Faces’ Chardonnay- The ‘Five Faces’ Chardonnay is a beautiful bottling by Fullerton. Ripe banana and brioche fill the nose. The freshness imparted its marvelous, as is soft mouthfeel and bright acidity that all leads to the exceedingly long finish. Drink 2020-2025- 90

2017 Fullerton Wines ‘Lux’ Chardonnay- The ‘Lux’ Chardonnay is a barrel selection wine made by Fullerton comprised of Wente, Davis 108, Dijon 76, 95 and 96 clones. The wine opens with suggestions of lemon zest with Challah bread and ripe pear that all mingle on the nose. The soft texture is enticing as ripe orchard fruits mingle with minerals, vanilla cream and shades of baked apple on the palate. While this is beautiful now, the ‘Lux’ will continue to evolve over the next decade or more, picking up tertiary notes. Drink 2020-2029- 92

2017 Fullerton ‘Three Otters’ Pinot Noir- This translucent colored Pinot Noir shows lighter guava and citrus rind tones with shades of red cherry candy on this enticing nose. The freshness here is excellent as light to medium bodied red fruits collide with minerals on the palate. This is really a good value. Drink 2020-2023- 89

2017 Fullerton ‘Bjornson Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Bjornson Vineyard’ is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, as the vineyard is dramatically set with views of Mt. Hood in the background. Ripe red and dark fruits mingle with shades of clove and cinnamon on the nose. The freshness and sense of balance is wonderful as citrus rind and red fruits mingle with the bright sense of minerality. I can see this cellaring well for another decade. Drink 2020-2029- 91

2017 Fullerton ‘Momtazi Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Oregon wine pioneer Moe Momtazi planted his vineyard in the steeply sloped region that has great influence from the Van Duzer Corridor, as the vineyard is intriguingly set on both marine sedimentary soils and volcanic soils. The stony tones from the volcanic earth really entice on the nose alongside the lighter black fruit tones. While the palate comes off a bit lean, the sense of tension in the wine is really nice, as light red and dark fruits mingle with minerals, saline drenched damp earth and a dusting of volcanic stone. Drink 2020-2029- 91

2017 Fullerton ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the ‘Fir Crest Vineyard’ is set on sedimentary Willakenzie soils that the AVA has become quite famous for. The light saline tones are beautiful and mingle with the bright red fruits and citrus blossom tones on the nose. The palate has really nice fleshy red fruits that dance with the lovely peat moss and damp terroir tones. This is fantastic stuff now but will continue to evolve for at least another decade. Drink 2020-2029- 92

2017 Fullerton ‘Bella Vida Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Bella Vida Vineyard,’ set on volcanic soils, is located in the Dundee Hills AVA and is plated to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 113, 667 and 777. The earthy tones really excite with forest floor and volcanic earth that mingle with the lighter wild blackberry tones that all mingle nicely in the glass. On the palate this shows excellent verve, with light to medium bodied dark cherry, wild blackberry and damp earth flavors. Drink 2020-2029- 91

2017 Fullerton ‘Lichtenwalter VIneyard’ Pinot Noir- The ‘Lichtenwalter Vineyard’ is set in the Ribbon Ridge AVA as this wine is planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clone 777. You are drawn to the damp earth and peat moss tones aromatically that mingle with suggestions of cran-pomegrnate on the expressive nose. The balance and poise is really nice, as the creamy, ripe texture connects with the ripe red fruits on the palate. This is excellent now but this beautiful wine will continue to evolve well for the next decade. Drink 2020-2029- 92

2017 Fullerton ‘Alderbrook Vineyard’ Pinot Noir- Sourced from the Chehalem Mountains AVA, this limited production single vineyard bottling opens with delicate red fruits that collide with the earthy tones on the nose. The palate comes off a bit lean and linear with a bright sense of minerality. Drink 2020-2025- 89Image attachment
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Seattle, WA -- Jan 19, 2020

The Grand Tasting is Taste Washington’s main event, a two-day wine and food celebration featuring more than 200 of Washington's award-winning wineries, 60 Seattle restaurants and so much more. Learn hot tips from your favorites at culinary demos, chef interviews and other exciting programming moments featuring chefs and food personalities from Seattle, Washington State and beyond. ... See MoreSee Less

The Grand Tasting is Taste Washington’s main event, a two-day wine and food celebration featuring more than 200 of Washingtons award-winning wineries, 60 Seattle restaurants and so much more. Learn hot tips from your favorites at culinary demos, chef interviews and other exciting programming moments featuring chefs and food personalities from Seattle, Washington State and beyond.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Seattle, WA -- Jan 19, 2020

Sorry to leave you hanging last night folks! Nephew in town. What did everyone open up? ... See MoreSee Less

Seattle, WA -- Jan 17, 2020

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Seattle, WA -- Jan 20, 2020

Thank you to our sponsor and member, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery! We can't wait to see you at Convention! -->https://www.wawinegrowers.org/page/2020Convention ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to our sponsor and member, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery! We cant wait to see you at Convention! 

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