Bledsoe Family Winery was inspired by varietal curiosity which continues in us today. The White Label Project was created specifically for our wine club members only as we explore vineyards, varietals, and are moved by small lots in our cellar.

APPELLATION

Willamette Valley

vineyard sources

Ribbon Ridge
Ridgecrest Vineyard

BARREL/AGING PROGRAM

50% new and 50% neutral French oak, aged sur lie for
16 months

production

Bottling Date: December 2016

Release Date: February 2017

Alcohol: 14.4%

Bottles Produced: 1,017

APPELLATION

Walla Walla Valley

vineyard sources

Lefore

Blend Profile

100% Syrah

BARREL/AGING PROGRAM

Handpicked and sorted, with 50% whole cluster being foot stomped. A five-day cold soak took place followed by native fermentation in small, open top tanks. Aged on the lees in 35% new French oak barrels with the remainder in neutral French oak barrels for 16 months.

production

Bottling Date: January 2019

Release Date: Fall 2019

Alcohol: 14.1%

Cases Produced: 142

I think Drew and I both have our incredible wives to thank for becoming such big fans of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir—I know I personally have very fond memories of time spent in the valley with my wife, Kim. Drew and I also have the utmost respect and enthusiasm for the Willamette Valley, its wines, its people, and thus are so excited to release our inaugural Pinot Noir from the Ribbon Ridge AVA. I first made a trip to the area in the late 2000s while in college and was easily won over by the pure beauty of the area and of course was seduced by the incredible wines. In 2011, I was lucky enough to be working under my longtime mentor Chris Figgins when he launched his Pinot Noir project. I experienced four vintages of crafting Pinot Noir with him and so was ecstatic to make this venture back with the 2017 vintage for Bledsoe Family Winery. This wine, from the Ridgecrest vineyard planted in 1980, and the first vineyard to be planted on the Ribbon Ridge AVA, is two clones—Pommard and Wadensvil—planted in Willakenzie soils, and was fermented in small, open top tanks with 30% whole cluster inclusion. We then aged the wine without racking for 16 months in 50% new French oak. The wine brings me back to Willamette—earth, cranberries, black tea—and will evolve for days of drinking without giving up its life or energy. On the palate there is fantastic acidity, balance, incredible richness—all things I am proud of and all at just a bit over 13% alcohol. Writing these tasting notes I am incredibly excited about this wine and seeing as how we made such a small amount, I urge you to act swiftly. Thank you and enjoy our first ever release from the Willamette Valley!

 Josh McDaniels, President & Director of winemaker

We had no intention of making a single-vineyard Syrah from our estate, Lefore Vineyard. However, upon tasting the wine from barrel, we were inspired and a friend of ours asked us “how could you not?”—the rest is history. Lefore vineyard, planted in the mid-1990’s, is one of the oldest vineyards in what Wine Spectator called “the most distinctive terroir in America” and has been a staple for us since 2010. This wine, lighter in color than Stolen Horse, is very expressive out of the glass with loads of smoked meat, stems, green olive, and a distinct memory arousing aroma of sea breeze. Building on the palate towards length and a deceptive soft entry gives way to a large texture and lengthy, rich finish. We are very excited to offer this wine for the first time and can’t wait to see the vineyard and wine develop in the years to come!

 Josh McDaniels, President & Director of winemaker

2017 Pinot Noir

2017 Lefore Vineyard Syrah

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Tasting Room Locations

Walla Walla Tasting Room

229 E Main St, Walla Walla WA 99362

Open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm. Winter hours may vary, so email or call the winery at 509-525-3334 if you’d like to book an appointment or use our Member’s Only room.

Bend Tasting Room

550 SW Industrial Way Suite 198, Bend OR 97702

Open Tuesday through Friday from 2-9 pm.
Saturday 1-9 pm. Sunday 1-6 pm. Closed Monday.

For private tastings in our private Doubleback Lounge, please email or call the Bend Tasting Room at 541-797-6502 to book an appointment.

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