Full Pull Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood

Hello friends. One of the best developments of the past few years at Full Pull has been having Ryan Crane and his team at Kerloo Cellars as our neighbors. Ryan and I have a long history together. A Kerloo wine was the third ever Full Pull offering, way back on October 9, 2009. It was the first Syrah we ever offered. It was also Ryan’s first vintage (2007), and it has been a pleasure watching our ventures grow in tandem. As good as Ryan’s wines were back in 2009, they have only gotten better in the intervening years. And they haven’t gotten any easier to find. He has kept his production levels ruthlessly low, and the wines always seem to sell out just months after release (sometimes weeks!).

Today we have a trio of wines: two under the main Kerloo label, and then a lovely little well-priced Rosé under Ryan’s newer Sodo Cellars label:

2015 Sodo Cellars Love Birds Rose
So far, everything we’ve touched with Sodo Cellars has led to under-allocations and sold out notices (most recently, the 2014 Wingman; my goodness were those some ugly allocations). I begged Ryan to set aside a hefty parcel of this, but you can bet we’re only getting one shot at it. The combination of price and production (200 cases) means it’s going to disappear very very quickly.

Unlike Ryan’s more traditional Grenache rosé for Kerloo, this one has more of a mad-scientist vibe: it’s 60% Pinot Gris (similar to Julia’s Dazzle) blended with saigneé juice from Pinot Noir and Grenache. Kooky-looky. One of those wines that shouldn’t work but somehow comes together in the glass. It’s a vibrant pink color , and the aromas are dark and deep for rosé: brambly raspberry, black cherry, and some signature forest-floor Pinot notes, resinous and appealing. The palate is rich and delicious but still quite dry, closer to a Tavel rosé than something Provencal (Ryan’s Kerloo rosé is a Provence ringer). This would be a glorious pairing wine with richer summer meals: a crispy roasted-chicken or a spot-prawn sauté. Cue rumbling stomach.

2013 Kerloo Cellars Syrah Les Collines Vineyard
This is the wine that started it all. It was the 2007 vintage of “Lucy” (Les Collines = LC = Lucy) that we offered back in October 2009. That 07 is still drinking beautifully. Ryan has always known how to coax the best out of this Walla Walla Valley site. The 2013 saw 100% whole-cluster fermentation (stems and all), which tends to elevate the wild character already inherent to the site. Lucy sees no new wood, either, which means it really is the Les Collines fruit on display here. Lovers of terroir expression have long gravitated towards this particular Syrah, for good reason. The 2013 is positively perfumed, offering blueberry fruit, pine nut savories, a whole host of floral top-notes, and wonderful bass notes of brackish marine salties. The texture is bright, juicy, energetic; a wine that hums across the palate with energy and verve to spare. Fruit and earth elements co-exist in perfect harmony. This is a marvelous expression of a special piece of Walla Walla terroir. Just 123 cases produced. I wouldn’t expect much in the way of long-term reorder opportunities here.

2013 Kerloo Cellars Tempranillo Stonetree Vineyard
Slightly larger production – 216 cases – for this single-vineyard Tempranillo bottling, which comes from Stonetree, the thermophile’s dream site at the top of the Wahluke Slope. With a perfect south-facing aspect, this vineyard soaks in every last possible Growing Degree Day. Ryan puts the juice into 30% new barrels, a mix of French oak and American oak with French heads. This smells like good honest new-world Tempranillo, with an appetizing mix of black cherry fruit and tobacco leaf.  The palate intensity is phenomenal, combining density of fruit with elegant texture. With nuances both spicy and smoky, the overall package is characterful indeed, one of the finest expressions of Tempranillo crafted from Washington fruit.

Please limit order requests to 36 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive quite soon (since they only have to travel about 50 feet), at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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