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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine Spectator, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Other Info: Green Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 99554
Wallula is farmed according to the Biodynamic principles and is certified Biodynamic by Demeter USA. From its beginnings, Wallula vineyard was planted as a Biodynamic vineyard on virgin land without disturbing the native vegetation. Dan Nickolaus, the vineyard manager at Wallula, uses no pesticides and no herbicides and he is working to make this vineyard self sustainable. Dan uses all the Biodynamic preparations with an emphasis on horn manure, silica, stinging nettle and horsetail teas. Dan also makes his own compost and has a herd of sheep to control the weeds in the vineyard.
2007 was well suited for Biodynamic wines because the acidity in the grapes was high. The wine aromas are fairly ripe with some guava and grapefruit notes. The wine was aged on lees for a few months and displays wonderful yeastiness, jasmine on the palate and great minerality with a dry, bright finish.
This vineyard has been Demeter certified biodynamic, one of just a handful in Washington to achieve that recognition. It's all natural, ripe and full-flavored, with a wonderful, mouth-filling intensity. The flavors are a lovely mix of stone, yeast, flower and a jumble of citrus and apple fruits.
Vibrant, tangy and distinctive for the floral and grapefruit overtones that work their way through the pear and apple character at the core. Feels dry in the mouth and remains tangy with succeeding sips. Drink now through 2012.
Pale greenish-yellow. Vibrant aromas of citrus and stone fruits complicated by spices and lifted by a floral topnote. A step up in depth of lavor from the regular Wallula Vineyard offering, with notes of earth and petrol bringing another dimensions. This has a nicely three-dimensional texture, and the touch of sweetness is currently overshadowed by some unabsorbed CO2.