2013 La Fraternité
This Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah blend is a lively wine with layered aromas and flavors of strawberries, raspberries, kirsch, violets and spice. On the palate, these flavors wrap around a silky medium body with a smooth, fresh and lingering finish. This wine pairs nicely with roasted chicken, grilled pork, Ahi Tuna and Salmon dishes.
Upland Vineyard Grenache and Olsen Estates Mourvèdre and Syrah continue to drive the core of La Fraternité. Starting this vintage, we were also fortunate to source Mourvèdre from Boushey Vineyard and include it in this blend.
2013 was a hot year for Washington State following the average 2012 and cool 2011 vintage. From spring to fall, our growing season ran 7-10 days ahead of a normal year and provided warm days and nights. The warmer temperatures required careful harvest decisions to ensure that the grapes did not become overripe.
At harvest, our grapes were gently de-stemmed and delivered as whole berries in various small lot bins for fermentation. For 3-5 days, a traditional cold soak ensued allowing flavor and color to integrate in the must before the presence of an alcoholic fermentation. Following this cold soak, inoculation occurred with select yeasts originating from the Rhone Valley and manual punch downs occurred 2-3 times a day. Following the completion of fermentation, the wine was then gently pressed off its skins and placed in neutral French oak barrels for 10 months. The final blend was composed in May 2014, allowing the wine to integrate in barrel for 3 months prior to bottling in August 2014.