One thing to keep in mind when opening older wines, is that those corks are older also, and thus they don't hold up to the traditional corkscrew like younger corks do. We recommend using an ah-so style of cork puller when opening older wines. Check out the video!!
Lawrelin Wine Cellars started as a desire to explore some different vineyards in the Columbia Valley that I didn't have access to with my day job.
Initially focusing exclusively on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Red Mountain AVA, and the Wahluke Slope AVA with the earliest vintages. Over the next few vintages, additional varieties were added to the blends, Malbec in the Cabernet Sauvignon, and Grenache in the Syrah. Subsequent vintages, many of which are yet to release, also include fruit sourced from the Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and the Royal Slope AVA's.
Production has been kept very small, typically only about 250 - 350 cases per vintage. That allows the wines to be extremely focused, with attention given to every detail of the process.
In more recent vintages, we are working with several elite vineyards from around the Columbia Valley. In no particular order, here are the vineyards and varietals we are currently working with.
Boushey - Cinsaut, Grenache, Grenache blanc, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Semillon & Syrah,
Elephant Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec
Frenchman Hills - Sauvignon blanc
Lawrence - Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
Lonesome Spring Ranch - Grenache, Mourvedre, & Syrah
Quintessence - Cabernet Sauvignon
Weinbau - Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec
I believe that blending allows me to make the very best wines, so most of our bottlings incorporate some aspect of blending. At the same time, I am trying to feature some of what I feel are the best vineyards in the state. So look for some new vineyard designated blends coming in future releases.
Not only have the wines been made with exceptional care, they have had extensive bottle aging prior to release.
Typically wineries are not able to hold their wines for extended periods of aging before release. By keeping our production levels extremely small, we have been able to provide upwards of 10 years of bottle aging for our wines. This allows the wines to reach a balance and finesse typically not seen in younger wines. I believe wines become more interesting and appealing with a longer bottle aging.
Experience Lawrelin Wine Cellars and taste the difference for yourself!! If you would like to find out where the wines are available, contact us by email or phone, and we can give you the information you need to find the wines.