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Newsprint Chardonnay

Newsprint Impulse

Newsprint Wines 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, some say newsprint is dying medium, but today it’s alive and well in the form of Newsprint wines, made by Jennifer Sullivan and Jerry Riener of Guardian Cellars. The story of Guardian and Newsprint Wines is a fascinating one – it starts with Jerry, a local cop, and Jennifer, a journalist with the Seattle times, meeting serendipitously at a crime scene, and ultimately getting married. Meanwhile, Jerry the cop was pursuing his dream of starting a winery, pulling double duty as assistant winemaker at Mark Ryan Winery, in the early 2000’s. In 2007, Jerry and Jen launched their own winery, calling it Guardian Cellars as a nod to Jerry’s career as police officer. Later they launched Newsprint, which of course is a nod to Jennifer’s career in print journalism.

Newsprint Wines 2016 Chardonnay $17.99

If you like a good buttery Chard, then bring your rolls and butter knives because this one has it- and at such a great price too. The grapes are sourced from Conner Lee Vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Washington, which often go towards making $40 Chardonnays. Jerry and Jennifer aged this one for 12 months in 50% new French oak barrels, giving it plenty of character, with notes of toast, vanilla, hints of caramel and buttered popcorn, yellow and red apples, and bit of toasted marshmallow. Given how fantastic their reds have been in the past, it comes as no surprise that their Newsprint Chardonnay is at that same level. A really great value!

Newsprint Chardonnay

Newsprint Chardonnay

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State Wine

Vineyard(s): Conner Lee

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Aging: Aged 12 Months in 50% New French Oak Barrels

Drinkability: Now through 2019

Body: Medium

Alcohol: % by volume

Drink This if you Like: Disruption Chard

Newsprint 2014 Malbec

Newsprint Impulse

Guardian Cellars “Newsprint” 2014 Malbec, StoneTree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, last year we debuted a new series of wines by Guardian Cellars, called Newsprint Wines. The label is an homage to owner Jennifer Sullivan’s long time career as a reporter with the Seattle Times, while the original Guardian Cellars label is a nod to husband and co-owner Jerry’s careers as a police officer. The Newsprint wines showcase the same level of care and dedication as Guardian Cellars, along with top vineyard sourcing- only they carry a lighter price tag.

Newsprint Wines 2014 Malbec $17.99

This year’s Malbec is big and juicy, even more so than last year’s. With lots of ripe jammy fruit, and bold yet velvety texture, this Newsprint Malbec mirrors the Malbecs of Argentina more closely than most I’ve seen. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, it’s 100% Malbec aged in 21% new French oak. The grapes are sourced from the Wahluke Slope region, specifically from StoneTree Vineyard. StoneTree is one of the Washington State Wine industry’s best kept secrets, and a long-time favorite among winemakers. It’s not very well known by the public, but vintners who source here are extremely fond of it. I’ve visited the site myself and had pointed out to me how perfectly manicured the vineyard is. There’s virtually not a thing out of place among the rows, vines, and grape bunches at StoneTree. It’s truly an exemplary site.

The wine itself is just plain delicious, with smooth and unctuous texture to boot. Serving up flavors or black cherry jam, stewed black plum, with a touch of blueberry pancakes, it’s easily a crowd-pleaser. Newsprint Malbec ends with a long lingering finish, hinting of cocoa and violets. Jennifer and Jerry made just 350 cases of this beauty.

Newsprint 2014 Malbec

Newsprint 2014 Malbec

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Region: Wahluke Slope AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): StoneTree Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Malbec
Aging: 21% New French Oak barrels, 79% Once Used
Drinkability: Now through 2019
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.3% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Argentine Malbec, California Zinfandel, Australian Shiraz
Production: 350 cases