2012 was a classic Eastern Washington growing season. Summer was warm with no prolonged or excessive heat events. Late Summer and early Fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October, allowing late varietals to thoroughly complete ripening.
StoneTree Vineyard is a 240-acre, gently sloping hillside northwest of Mattawa in Grant County. Bound by the Columbia River and the Saddle Mountains, this wine-growing region, known as the Wahluke Slope, has produced some of the highest quality wine grapes in Washington.
The taste of the wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes and different flavors emerge from warmer sites than cooler sites. Cooler sites tend to produce wines with red berry flavors like raspberry. Warmer sites, like our Forgeron Primitivo which comes from StoneTree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, tend to have flavors of dark fruit and spice.
Balanced acids with a lush finish. The smooth flavors on the palate are soft yet mouth-filling.
NOSE: Maraschino cherries, anise, blueberries, sweet pancetta, subtle black pepper, hints of cola
MOUTH: boysenberries, raspberries, black cherries, marionberry tart, spice
FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Italian sausage, three-cheese lasagna, Primitivo-braised short ribs with rosemary potatoes, grilled drumsticks with plum sauce or roasted sea bass with fennel, tomatoes and olives