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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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2015 Bésoleil,

Southern Rhone Style Blend

2015 marks the second vintage in a row that Cinsault, Counoise, and Mourvèdre have all played a larger than usual role in Besoleil. The quality of these “southern Rhone” grapes has been rising as growers and winemakers learn how to handle them. Through careful management of yields, and a strict selection process during harvesting, these grapes express more intense flavors than ever before.

This years Bésoleil reflects a wide range of sites in the Yakima Valley. Upland and Olsen vineyards both supply Grenache grapes for this blend. The character of Upland Grenache is fleshly with a soft texture. Here the fruit is delicate, offering cherry and raspberry flavors. Olsen vineyard Grenache is denser, with darker fruits and more spice. Olsen Grenache imparts all important tannic structure, providing “tension’ to the blend.

Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Counoise are all farmed at Olsen Vineyard. Cinsault contributes a velvety texture, with bright Raspberry fruit and floral notes. Counoise provides aromatic complexity including white and black pepper, fresh herbs, and lilac blossom. Mourvèdre brings stucture, combingin the perfume of blackberry blossoms with the herbal tones the grape is known for. 


Robert Parker Wine Advocate
(91-93) Points

"The first vintage where they’ve pushed the bottling back to give the cuvee 16-18 months in barrel, the 2015 Besoleil is a dead ringer for a high-quality Chateauneuf du Pape and offers perfumed notes of herbes de Provence, kirsch, licorice and sweet spice. It’s medium to full-bodied, textured and fruit-forward, with a hedonistic yet elegant profile that’s going to evolve gracefully." - Jeb Dunnuck

Blending Detail and Aging Profile

Blending Detail:

  • 32% Grenache
  • 22% Mourvèdre
  • 21% Syrah
  • 20% Cinsault
  • 5% Counoise

Aging Profile:

  • Best from 2017 through 2026+
  • Serve cool, 60-62°F

​Wine Specs:

  • pH: 3.92
  • Alcohol %: 13.8

Case Production:

  • 450 cases produced

AVA & Vineyard Detail:

Yakima Valley

  • Olsen
  • Upland
  • Boushey

Red Mountain

  • Ceil du Cheval