Drew Bledsoe - Signature Series

’15
Tasting Notes
Barrel/Aging Program
Slowly fermented at cool temperatures and aged 6 months "sur lie" in stainless steel tanks
Vineyard Sources
Proprietary
Blend Profile
Proprietary
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Production
Alcohol: 13.3%
Bottling date: January 2016
Release date: Early Spring 2016
Retail price: $28
Cases produced: 400
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Winemaker Notes

The 2015 Healy Rosé is a salmon pink color- definitely trending more on the orange side of the spectrum than pink. We purposely chose cooler vineyard sites and picked the fruit early to preserve natural acid and keep the alcohol level low. Half of the fruit went straight into press and the other half was gently crushed and allowed to macerate for about five hours to build complexity. We very slowly fermented these wines separately at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks and aged them for five months on the lees before evaluation and blending trials. The result is a bright, fresh rosé with honey dew, apricot and seductive fresh strawberry aromas. A perfectly balanced, lively and texturally intriguing wine with an acidic mouthfeel and an extremely long finish. The goal was to produce a thought provoking rosé with depth that is easily enjoyable now. I think that we exceeded our goal and I am excited about this new addition to the Signature Series!

Josh McDaniels ~ Winemaker
’16
Tasting Notes
Barrel/Aging Program
Slowly fermented at cool temperatures and aged 6 months “sur lie” in stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak
Vineyard Sources
Proprietary
Blend Profile
Proprietary
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Production
Alcohol: 13.3%
Bottling date: January 2017
Release date: Early Spring 2017
Retail price: $28
Cases produced: 411
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Technical notes

Winemaker Notes

Healy Rosé is hand-picked early in the growing season to preserve natural acidity, to maintain freshness of flavors and aromas, and to naturally keep alcohol levels low. Vineyard lots are then hand sorted and either whole cluster pressed, or gently destemmed and crushed for a short maceration time to build flavor. All lots are fermented slowly to dryness at very cool temperatures in mostly stainless steel tanks, but also a small amount of neutral French oak barrels for complexity. Once completed, the wine is kept cold and aged on the lees for 6 months prior to bottling.

The resulting wine is pale in color, trending more on the pink side this year with a bit of an orange tinge. Aromatically nostalgic of nice weather and great memories of spring and summer in the Walla Walla Valley. Fresh flower blossoms, grapefruit, and melon. Bright, crisp acidity, and nice mouthfeel to elicit affirmation of a serious Rosé project. This wine sold out fast last year so make sure to pick it up now!

Josh McDaniels ~ Winemaker & General Manager
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Gallatin Valley, Montana • US Territory

Howling wind, driving snow and frigid temperatures were the setting that fateful winter evening as my great uncle, Robert Tillman Matthews, braved the Montana elements to save a young filly half buried and freezing to death in the snow. It was a dramatic rescue, but one that Uncle Tim would soon regret. Shortly after returning to the warmth of his barn, Uncle Tim found himself staring down the barrel of a gun, accused of horse thieving by the filly’s owner. A fight ensued and unfortunately Uncle Tim didn’t have a chance to explain his side of the story... he was shot and killed that cold night in his barn. Eventually the perpetrator was caught and brought to trial for murder. He spent his remaining days in the Deer Lodge Territorial Prison for gunning down Uncle Tim that cold winter night.

Sometimes doing the right thing leads one down an unexpected path of fate. We still believe in doing the right thing and this wine is dedicated to the memory of Great Uncle Robert Tillman Matthews – may he rest in peace.