Two from Tranche Cellars

Hello friends. Two beauties from Tranche today that were just released two days ago. One has a history of selling out immediately on release (another “cult rosé”) and another has a big review already on the books, so I don’t want to waste any time.

2013 Tranche Rose “Pink Pape”

We’ve offered every vintage of this that has existed (beginning with the 2010), and our history is littered with the tears of under-allocations. The folks at Tranche have given us a fatter allocation this year, so I’m bumping our max order requests (which were 3 bottles per list member last year) all the way up to… 4 bottles! (And I still won’t be surprised if max allocations end up being closer to 1-2 bottles).

As usual, it’s a single-vineyard (Blackrock) Provencal blend of Cinsault, Counoise, and Grenache. Clocking in at 12.5% alc, it’s pale pink, the very vision of summer. A nose of strawberry, watermelon, and pineapple fruit streaked with chalky mineral gives way to a brisk palate with plenty of acid retention despite the warm vintage. Still, there’s plenty of good flesh on the bones of this one, with red fruit and citrus fruit married to fresh green notes (cucumber?). It finishes fresh and citrusy, with enough heft to easily transition into an autumn rosé and a place on our Thanksgiving dinner tables.

2011 Tranche Chardonnay

I first tasted this during my August 2013 Walla Walla trip and was immediately ready to offer it. Even back then, it was already a stone cold killer. A recent tasting in Seattle shows the benefit of another half-year of bottle age (one of the truly wonderful aspects of the Corliss/Tranche family of wineries is their willingness to hold their wines before release; who else is currently releasing 2011 whites?). All from the incomparable Celilo Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge, this was raised in 40% new French oak, 30% neutral, and 30% concrete, and it begins with a nose of spicy woodsmoke, lemon curd, marzipan, and dusty earth. The palate is all class, with live-wire intensity on a perfectly-weighted (13.5%-alc) frame. It hums across the palate seamlessly, with a creamy mid-palate transitioning into a long, succulent finish. Watching this one evolve over the years will be a delight.

At about the same time I was tasting this wine, so too was Jeb Dunnuck for Wine Advocate. And he ended up giving the strongest review of all the white wines he tasted in Washington last year:

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Please limit order requests to 4 bottles of Pink Pape and 6 bottles of Chardonnay, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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