Hello friends. For A Song has quickly become synonymous with wines that are well-priced performers. This label, manned by Kyle Johnson as head winemaker, produces varietally typical wines from some of Washington’s finest vineyards at fantastic tariffs.
Today’s offers are particularly exciting because of the vineyard sources involved. A Chardonnay from Ancient Lakes. A Petit Verdot sourced from two blocks within Yakima Valley. Both wines offered today are terroir specific—giving you a little taste of what special slices of land are capable of.
2015 For A Song Chardonnay Caliche Lake Vineyard
This Chardonnay is completely and absolutely lovely—but most of you won’t need to read beyond the next sentence to pull the trigger on purchasing this bottle. This is a single vineyard, Ancient Lakes Chardonnay for under 10 dollars. Caliche Lake Vineyard is a 60-acre parcel of land in Washington State’s highest elevated AVA, Ancient Lakes (also known as our state’s white varietal haven). It was planted in 2009 to showcase white varietals because of its somewhat peculiar soil composition, elevated location, and the cool breezes it collects from the Columbia River. The vineyard’s signature notes are acidity, minerality, and aromatics—all on display in For A Song’s Chardonnay.
Clocking in 13.2% alcohol, this is 100% stainless steel fermented and goes through partial malolactic fermentation during the six months it spends in stainless, which provides character to the wine without getting in the way of the AVA’s signature acidity and minerality. The nose opens with fresh orchard peach, juicy and ready to be devoured; tart, ripe green apple; and floral bunches of lilies, orchids, and marigolds. On the palate, ample minerality and acidity surround wild honey, apricot, and fresh lemon zest. The result is lively and refreshing, yet thoughtful. This is a serious white wine—that’s also seriously enjoyable.
The acidity and texture make this well equipped for a lot of different food pairings: cedar-plank grilled salmon, a luscious bowl of carbonara, a brunch feast full of avocado and eggs, or Oysters Rockefeller.
2012 For A Song Petit Verdot
So rarely do we offer varietal Petit Verdot because it usually falls into one of two categories: delicious-yet-wildly-expensive or cheap-but-less-than-impressive. For A Song’s bottling blows both of these preconceived notions out of the water. It’s a bottle at an accessible price point and it tastes pretty freakin’ great.
The For A Song team always has some magic up their sleeve when it comes to wine—creating consistently pure, true varietal examples from vineyards we love at prices we can’t believe. This Petit Verdot is no different—but continues to go far beyond expectations with its vintage. This is a 2012—one of Washington’s most beloved vintages—with five years in bottle to settle, develop, and beautify.
Sourced from well-loved Olsen Vineyard in Yakima Valley, specifically from blocks 23 and 26, this wine spent 18 months in 100% third-used French oak. The listed alcohol is 14.5%. Deeply plum colored, the nose starts with fresh blackberries, black cherry, dried sage, leafy tobacco, and a touch of rich soy. On the palate, it’s dark and brooding, with a medium plus body that’s ripe, but not overly fruity. A streak of acidity runs throughout, emerging from the dark fruit, while also highlighting its sumptuous qualities. This is the perfect bottle of wine for anyone stuck in a Cabernet Sauvignon rut—it’s structured and deep with a touch of umami intrigue.