The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

The Wines: Concrete Mama, Wonderful Nightmare  
As the country’s newest AVA, The Rocks of Milton - Freewater has received its fair share of attention in the wine world.

Sprouting from heavy cobblestone and fractured basalt, the world-class vineyards of “The Rocks District” have no comparison. Wine Spectator calls this AVA “perhaps America’s most distinctive example of terroir." “There is no other place on Earth like it,” agrees Ali. 12,000 - 15,000 years ago, massive floods swept through the Pacific Northwest caused by ruptures in the ice dam that held Montana's glacial Lake Missoula. These floods left behind cobblestone and pebbles made of basalt, forming a 12-square mile alluvial fan of 3,770 acres. The chemistry of this soil is different from that of its surroundings, and the coarse landscape allows for excessive drainage causing vines to cast roots far deeper than in silty soil. The stones heat up during the day, absorbing the sun’s energy and sending it deep into the land. The heat also radiates upwards, warming grape clusters day and night. Our 18-acre Estate vineyard is a perfect example of the geology the area is known for -- studded with beautiful basalt cobblestones and bedded in rich soils. It is currently in development, with planting overseen by Napa/Sonoma grape-growing legend, Phil Coturri. Learn more about The Rocks District.

Red Mountain

The Wines: Curiositas, The Ramparts, Gaspard, Stanley Groovy
An earthy and complex spot in Washington's smallest AVA. 

The unique soils and microclimates of Red Mountain, coupled with Eastern Washington’s infamous diurnal flux, bear fruits with a true certainty of place. This is typically the warmest growing region in Washington, with daytime averages of 90 degrees and lows dropping below 50. These fluctuations in temperatures promote sugar accumulation with the day’s heat while cool nights conjure balanced acidity. Red varietals dominate on this AVA’s sweltering slopes, and it is well-known for its Rhone varietals, but we also find a particular thrill in the uniquely-suited Spanish and Portuguese fruits it produces. We have a lot of fun in this bright spot and that joy truly shows in the wines we’ve created from it.

Yakima Valley

The Wines: Cheys, Lip Stinger, Martin’s Gold, Cruel Summer
This diverse growing region is home to many of Washington’s oldest vines, as well as many of the other fruits the state is so well-known for: apples, cherries, pears, hops, and raspberries.

Low elevations and consistent winds through the Yakima valley combine to cool fruit even in the warmest of weather, giving fruit from this site a fresh acidity and crispness ideal for our style of wines. Yakima Valley was Washington’s first federally-recognized AVA and has had time to spread its wings, in a sense, with more than 40 grape varietals flourishing from the banks of the Yakima River to the hot tops of loamy rises deposited by the Missoula Floods.

Columbia Gorge

The Wines: La Lutte, McAndrew
Snuggled in the Cascade foothills above the Columbia River Gorge, near Hood River, Oregon, generations of vines wind their way to the heavens under the watchful boughs of fragrant Evergreens.

Hidden in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, vineyards here thrive in drier, windier conditions than the area is generally known for. Microclimates in this AVA differ radically with western vineyards under the influence of a cool, almost maritime, climate and eastern vineyards warmed by a continental climate of warm air from the deserts of Eastern Washington. Under the favor of this dramatic climatic cusp, many varietals prosper along the scenic curves of the river valley including some of our favorites: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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