The selected Mourvèdre clusters were handpicked several weeks before the rest of the fruit was harvested for our Rhône style Julian blend. The block was planted in 2007 on the south slope of Snipes Mountain.
2011 Inception (coming fall 2017)
The birth of the Washington wine industry was the end of prohibition and the opening of Upland Winery in 1934. At that time, Americans were drinking sweet, port-style wine. Inception is a tribute to the beginning of Washington wine.
Planted in 2007 high on the steep, rocky slopes of Snipes Mountain, this is one of seven varieties that comprise the 14 acre “Iberian” block. The early ripening Spanish variety is strategically planted on the southeast slope of a ravine that takes full advantage of the gentle morning sun and cool night air. The conditions are the same that result in Tempranillo being known as Spain’s “noble grape.” Aged 20 months in 20% new French barrels.
2011 The Mayor
William Bridgman, a successful attorney specializing in irrigation law, helped establish an organized system of water rights in an otherwise arid land. Bridgman was twice elected mayor of Sunnyside. “The Mayor” acknowledges Bridgman’s contribution to the development of the Yakima Valley into productive farm land, including world class vineyards, such as Upland, which he founded and we now proudly cultivate. Aged 22 months in 25% new French, 15% new Hungarian barrels.
Instrumental in crafting Washington’s first table wines, Julian Steenbergen was the cellar master and chemist of Upland Winery from 1938 to 1948. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in chemistry and was immediately hired to run Upland Winery's lab by visionary winemaker, Erich Steenborg. Within six months Julian's job description was expanded to include cellarmaster. Julian was a key part of Upland Winery’s uphill battle to produce European style table wines. Julian left the winery and moved to Yakima in 1948 to take over his family’s orchard. Julian and his wife, Julia, celebrated 100 years of family operation in 2011.The Syrah (planted in 1999), Grenache (2000), and Mourvèdre (2007) in this Southern Rhône style blend are all located on the steep, rocky south slopes of Snipes Mountain. Aged 22 months.
Teunis was the first red Bordeaux Blend from Upland Estates Vineyards in 2008, named in memory of John Alan Newhouse. The Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from a hot 1989 block planting which is situated high up on the south slopes of Snipes Mountain against towering basalt and cobble walls. The Merlot and the Cabernet Franc, both planted in 1988, are raised on a steep southern slope. The Malbec was planted in 2001 on a gentler southern slope of Snipes Mountain. This full bodied red provides lush fruit wrapped around a core of chewy tannins and bold flavors. The berry fruits lead to sweet perfume, cedar spice and cinnamon with hints of tobacco and herbs. Aged 24 months in 50% new French, 25 new Hungarian oak.
2011 Old Vine Cabernet
Planted in 1973 on the south slopes of Snipes Mountain by Alfred Newhouse, it was the first red variety he planted after adding wine grapes to his farming portfolio. This block is one of the oldest plantings of Cabernet in the State of Washington. It showcases berry fruits, herbal spice and chocolate caramel. Its refined tannins are backed by well-integrated oak flavors that build around its depth, concentration and full bodied finish. Aged in new 75% American oak for 23 months.
The Malbec block, planted in 2001 on the south slope, has been a model of consistency. The viticultural attention required by this lesser Bordeaux variety is done by hand with more than 10 passes through the block over the year to ensure maximum fruit quality. The Malbec showcases the true character of the Snipes Mountain terroir. It is lush and velvety with bright fruit, blueberry and blackberry jam hints of pepper and chocolate truffle. Its smoothness develops with integrated oak and its balance is showcased with a lengthy finish. Aged 22 months in 50% new French barrels.
Blended with 11% Aligoté, this is an authentic Burgundian style Chardonnay. Barreled in both neutral and new French oak, it sat in the barrel on the lees for 12 months. Grown on the warmer, rocky south slopes of Snipes Mountain, the Chardonnay was planted in 1988 and Aligoté was planted in 1979.
Hand selected and harvested at peak ripeness, then gently whole cluster pressed and tank fermented to provide an off-dry style that enhances the natural fruit flavors of the wine. Although one of the the warmest AVAs in the state, the north slope of Snipes Mountain is cooler than the south which allows white varieties like Gewürztraminer to reach their full aromatic and flavor potential avoiding being washed out by intense heat.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
This food-friendly wine captures the elegance of Upland Vineyards. It is fermented in neutral oak barrels, with 9% Semillon from the same block, and aged sur lees for 4 months creating a Bordeaux style blend made in the softer, old world style.