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College Cellars Muscat Ottonel

Muscat Ottonel Impulse

College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Muscat Ottonel

Fellow wine lovers, College Cellars of Walla Walla continues to top the charts at big-time national wine competitions- this time it’s their Muscat Ottonel. You may remember that we featured their Viognier and Rosé last year, but here is a quick refresher on the winery. These wines are made by winemaking students at the Walla Walla Community College, under the instruction of top industry leaders, and advisement from Walla Walla’s biggest names such as Rick Small of Woodward Canyon, and Gary and Chris Figgins of Leonetti/Figgins. The wine program and today’s featured Muscat have been written about a number of times by Andy Perdue, and you can read a recent article by clicking here.

College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Muscat Ottonel $16.99

The College Cellars Muscat Ottonel was awarded Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is among the top 3 most prestigious wine competitions in the nation. Right now, just five cases have made it over the mountains from Walla Walla, and we are offering them first come first serve. It’s a single vineyard Muscat from Red Boar Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley, and it’s done in an effervescent and off-dry (medium-sweet) style. The wine features a playful nose of stone fruits, starburst chews, and citrus zest. It tickles your palate with its lightly sparkling nature, and tastes of ripe peaches, candied lemons, and hints of pears.

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College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Muscat Ottonel

College Cellars of Walla Walla 2016 Muscat Ottonel

Region: Walla Walla Valley AVA, Washington State Wine

Vineyard(s): Red Boar Vineyard

Grape(s): Muscat Ottonel

Drinkability: Now to 2018

Sweetness: Off-Dry, Medium-Sweet, 6% Residual Sugar

Alcohol: 9% by volume

Drink This if you Like:

Press: Double Gold – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Food Pairing: Spicy Asian Cuisine, Fresh Salads, Blue Cheeses

Availability: 5 cases



Analemma Sparkling Blanc de Noir and Rosé

Columbia Gorge Impulse

Analemma 2010 Sparkling Blanc de Noir and 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Fellow wine lovers, March is officially “Taste Washington Wine Month,” culminating with the biggest Washington Wine event of the year, Taste Washington, on the 28th and 29th. This year, I’m especially excited for the event, as I am joining the ranks of wine experts, from around the nation, as a panelist for one of the morning seminars. I’ll be on the panel, that Saturday morning, in the seminar spotlighting the Columbia Gorge AVA, along with Matt Stamp MS and three winemakers from the region. If you’re interested in attending and learning more about why the Columbia Gorge might just be the next big thing in Washington Wine, you can get your tickets from the Taste Washington website by clicking here.

Since I’ll be focused on the Columbia Gorge for this seminar, I thought it would be appropriate to offer a wine from the region- something that really demonstrates the breathtaking qualities of Columbia Gorge wines. I can hardly think of anything more appropriate than the wines of Analemma, made by Steven Thompson, who will also be on the panel, as we’ll be tasting and discussing one of his wines then.

Since we’re practically seeing Spring weather on a near regularly basis now, I’ve picked Analemma’s Sparkling wine and their Rosé, both of which are made fully using Pinot Noir grapes from Atavus Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge at the foothills of Mount Adams; which was planted in the 1960’s, making it one of the oldest in the state. This vineyard has always been dry farmed, meaning no irrigation is used, and today it’s also farmed organically.

Analemma 2010 Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine $49.99 (Regularly $56)

Analemma’s bubbly has garnered a lot of attention, with some calling it the best Washington sparkling wine to date, and one of the best on the west coast. This sparkling wine is made in the traditional French Champagne style, and it’s what the French call a Blanc de Noir, which translates to “White from Black”. This means it’s a white wine made from black/red grapes, traditionally Pinot Noir. The wine spends an astounding 42 months on the lees, well beyond anything else I’m aware of in Washington State. This extended aging regimen has helped to jam pack the bubbly full of complexity and nuance. Visually, the wine does show just a slight hint of coppery pink color, extracted from the Pinot Noir Grapes. The nose has just a hint of strawberries, cherry blossoms, and citrus peel. The palate immediately fills your mouth with bubbles and has a smooth creamy texture. There are hints of almond flavors, along with toasty warm notes freshly baked biscuits. The wine has a rich and supple finish, with lots of exuberant acidity, as is the hallmark of many Columbia Gorge Wines.

The Analemma Sparkling Blanc de Noir was chosen by Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Gate as most standout Sparkling wine in his list of Top 100 Wines. Additionally, it was reviewed for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, where it was said to have completely ”floored” the reviewer with its “profoundly complex” nature.

Just 250 cases were made of the Analemma 2010 Atavus Sparkling Blanc de Noir, and today we just 2 cases to offer on Impulse, first come first serve.

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Region: Columbia Gorge AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Atavus Vineyard
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 6 months in Neutral French Oak, 42 Months en tirage, disgorged October 2014
Drinkability: Now through 2020
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 12.7% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Champagne, high acid wines
Press: Top Sparkling Wine in SF Gate’s Top 100 Wines
Food Pairings: A good sparkling wine goes with almost any food
Production: 250 cases
Availability: 2 cases

Analemma 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir $22.99 (Regularly $25)

It’s never too early in the year for Rosé, and with the series of sunny days we’ve been having, I think it’s high time we share one. The Analemma Rosé of Pinot Noir is made using the same Pinot Noir grapes as the sparkling wine above. Once harvested, the fruit undergoes a long and very gentle whole cluster pressing, which extract just a enough color to make it a Rosé. It has a beautiful yet understated pink hue, and a lovely nose of crushed rose petals and tangerine zest. The palate is rich, creamy, and a little nutty, with lots of crisp acidity and bright citrus flavors. It’s aged for just 6 months in all neutral French oak, to give it extra roundness of texture and hints of brioche flavors from being aged on the lees.

Much like the bubbly above, this Rosé was chosen by Jon Bonné for the San Francisco Gate’s Top 100 wines list- it was among only 4 other Rosés from the west coast which made the list. Additionally Jon Bonné chose it in his list of 10 Key Wines, in a separate article. He described it as being, “As soulful as Rose gets”, with a “feather touch”.

Only 220 cases were made of the Analemma Rosé , and we have just 2 cases to offer today on Impulse, first come serve serve.

Click here to order the Analemma Rosé of Pinot Noir

Region: Columbia Gorge AVA, Washington State
Vineyard: Atavus Vineyard
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Aging: 6 Months in 100% Neutral French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2016
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 12.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Lighter Style Rosé
Press: SF Gate Top 100 Wines
Food Pairings: Salmon, and a Sunny Day
Production: 220 cases
Availability: 2 cases