Loads of pretty red and blue fruit, with an intriguing type of minerality to it – almost like you can smell the concrete “tulips” much of the wine was aged in. A great amalgamation of the Loess Vineyard planted in deep wind-blown “loess” soils (one of the first vineyards I ever worked in as a kid) and our new estate vineyard, Lefore, planted in the ever famous and plentiful cobblestones of the Walla Walla Valley. Soft tannins, lively acidity and a fantastic richness – from a small amount of whole cluster fermentation – balance out the elegance of this wine. Aging “sur lie” has kept this wine fresh and will only drink better with bottle age. Give it another year or two in bottle and then enjoy for the next ten.
Gallatin Valley, Montana — US Territory
Howling wind, driving snow and frigid temperatures were the setting that fateful winter evening as my great uncle, Robert Tillman Matthews, braved the Montana elements to save a young filly half buried and freezing to death in the snow. It was a dramatic rescue, but one that Uncle Tim would soon regret. Shortly after returning to the warmth of his barn, Uncle Tim found himself staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of horse thieving by the filly’s owner. A fight ensued and unfortunately Uncle Tim didn’t have a chance to explain his side of the story... he was shot and killed that cold night in his barn. Eventually the perpetrator was caught and brought to trial for murder. He spent his remaining days in the Deer Lodge Territorial Prison for gunning down Uncle Tim that cold winter night.
Sometimes doing the right thing leads one down an unexpected path of fate. We still believe in doing the right thing and this wine is dedicated to the memory of Great Uncle Robert Tillman Matthews – may he rest in peace.
Walla Walla Valley
63% new and neutral French oak barrels and Puncheons, 37% Italian concrete.
Bottling Date: January 2018
Release Date: Fall 2018
Cases Produced: 419
“Sometimes the greatest adventure begins when you return home.”