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Library Vintages

A blend of the best elements of the new and the old worlds; wines of dimension and pleasure, wines that allow the character of Washington to shine through.

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2008 Bésoleil,

Southern Rhone Blend

This is the deepest colored and densest Grenache-based wine we have made, very much in the style of our classic southern Rhone inspiration. We dropped yields on a couple blocks of Grenache this vintage to about ½ ton/acre. The low yields gave us some heady, deep and powerful blending material. On its own it seemed unbalanced, but combined with our other Grenache blocks and a little Syrah and Mourvedre, 9% each, we preserved the fruit intensity of Grenache but achieved a fine equilibrium on the palate.

Bésoleil 2008 is very dark ruby, with a dense core and a hint of magenta on the edge. It sports an expressive aroma of sweet, penetrating black raspberry and strawberry, with layers of cream, lavender, thyme and licorice. It has a fuller palate impression than past years, with a bit more grip to help it age in the cellar.
 

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 82% Grenache
  • 9% Syrah
  • 9% Mourvedre

Barrel Program:

  • ​100% French oak
  • 100% 1 fill (one year neutralized oak)

Aging Profile:

  • Serve cool, 58-62°F
  • Best from 2011 thru 2016

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain 
  • Olsen Vineyard, Yakima Valley
  • Alder Ridge Vineyards, Horse Heaven Hills