2010 Tero Estates Windrow Blend

Pickup Calendar Reminder: You’ll see from the schedule below that there are three remaining pickup days for TPU members in 2014. We expect them all to be busy, so please make an appointment if you’re planning to come in.

Thursday, Dec 11: OPEN 10am-7pm
Thursday, Dec 18: OPEN 10am-7pm
Saturday, Dec 20: (with Champagnes and FP&F wines open for sample/sale) OPEN 10am-2pm
Thursday, Dec 25: CLOSED
Thursday, Jan 1: CLOSED
Thursday, Jan 8: OPEN 10am-7pm
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Hello friends. We’ve offered every vintage ever made of today’s wine. Doug Roskelley kicked this wine off with the 2007 vintage, and it remains one of the most intellectually compelling (not to mention aesthetically pleasing) projects in northwest winemaking.

Back in 2007, after purchasing historic Windrow Vineyard, Doug found himself asking: how can I express this vineyard in as honest and transparent a way as possible? The answer he came up with became the impetus behind this bottle:

Windrow is one of the oldest terroirs in the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyard was part of the original Seven Hills, and it contains 1980-planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines (the oldest commercial Cab in the Walla Walla Valley). In the mid-’90s, part of Seven Hills Vineyard was sold, and the remainder was renamed Windrow.

Doug knows the historical significance of Windrow, and is bound and determined to pass along the story this vineyard wants to tell. He does it via this bottling, which he developed as a field blend in the exact proportions of the overall vineyard. By acreage, Windrow is 70% Cab, 14% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc, and 6% Malbec. So Tero harvests using that precise varietal breakdown, co-ferments when possible, and ages for 24 months in 500L puncheons.

I know several of you are building verticals of Tero Windrow, and this is a brilliant choice for a vertical: Doug keeps as many characteristics constant as possible, so that differences from year to year are almost entirely about what that particular vintage looked like at Windrow.

And of course what 2010 looked like at Windrow was what it looked like everywhere else in Washington: cold. Still, Doug managed to coax listed alc of 14.9%, so this doesn’t lack for ripeness. It begins with a high-toned nose of eucalyptus, blackcurrant and fig fruit, soil and high-cacao chocolate. It’s a pretty, elegant vintage of Windrow, and it possesses this wildness, a certain exoticism that is alluring indeed. The tannins are fine-grained and redolent of cherry tea; the fruit swaddled in subtle, unobtrusive oak; the overall package polished, classy, lighting up both the intellect and the aesthete in all of us.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

This has always been a small production wine, and 2010 is no different. With just 210 cases produced, I’m not seeing this one as a long-term reorder prospect. For now, please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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