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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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2009 Bésoleil,

Southern Rhone Style Blend

Cinsault is a minor player in the wines of the Southern Rhone, yet its contribution is a part of many appellations of Southern France. Washington has embraced the variety, albeit in a minor way: a few acres are scattered throughout the Columbia Valley. We’ve watched its performance here and tasted the results for a number of vintages, and it makes its debut as part of our Bésoleil blend in 2009. It brings freshness and suppleness to the 2009 vintage.

The 2009 Bésoleil is still Grenache dominant, with its black raspberry, strawberry preserves and spicy note taking center stage. Vibrant, intense and penetrating, the 2009 is less “new world” than the 2008, with mineral, sagebrush and olive playing supporting roles. The mouthfeel is polished and yet has ample grip to reward aging in the cellar.

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 66% Grenache 
  • 14% Syrah 
  • 10% Cinsault
  • 10% Mourvedre

Barrel Program: 

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

Aging Profile:

  • Serve cool, 60-62°F.
  • Best from 2013 through 2018

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

  • 50% Yakima Valley 
  • 27% Snipes Mountain 
  • 23% Red Mountain 



From Jeb Dunnuck's Rhone Report June 2011: "...southern Rhone like bouquet of kirsch and strawberry styled fruits, lavender, wet stone, licorice, and spice, the wine is medium+ bodied on the palate and beautifully put together, possessing pure fruit, solid acidity, and a focused, classically styled finish. Superb now.." 91 points