Hello friends. We have outstanding pricing today on an old list-favorite: Doug Roskelley’s Windrow Vineyard field blend for Tero Estates. We’ve offered four previous vintages of this wine, all at pricing closer to $45. And better yet: it comes from an outstanding vintage in Washington, a vintage whose releases have slowed to a trickle:
[Please note: while the Windrow field blend will be the focus of today’s offer, we’ll also include another lovely blend from the same site at the bottom, the right-bank DC3.]
Windrow is one of the oldest terroirs in the Walla Walla Valley. The vineyard was part of the original Seven Hills, and it contains 1981-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. Listed alc is 14.6%.
I love how 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 2012 was as glorious at Windrow as it was all over the pacific northwest. This one kicks off with a nose of crème de cassis and cherry fruit, with earthy bass notes and minty topnotes keeping things fresh. Cabernet tannins are managed marvelously here, all fine-grained green tea toothsome goodness, the perfect foil to an attack and mid-palate bursting with rich, fleshy fruit. The finish has length to spare, and the overall package conveys class and pleasure. This is a wine as intellectually/historically stimulating as it is aesthetically.
Some of the land that makes up Windrow used to be the Dugger Creek Cattle Company. Hence the DC3 name. And while the Windrow blend is Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, there’s not a shred of Cab in DC3: instead this is a blend entirely of Cabernet Franc (56%) and Merlot (44%), offered to us at a lovely tariff compared to its $38 release.
It clocks in at 14.5% listed alc and roars out of the glass with a very Cabernet Franc nose: poblano pepper and nutty molé, raspberry fruit and dried flowers. The Merlot turns up more on the palate, adding heft and weight and rich cherry fruit to a wine awash with green subtleties. As a prism for viewing Windrow, this offers a completely different – and welcome – look at this special vineyard.
Please limit order requests to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.