Explosive nose offers boysenberry, redcurrant, cherry, tobacco, graphite and sandalwood. Wonderfully silky and concentrated, with outstanding lift to its almost painfully intense berry, spice, earth and mineral flavors... a beauty.
Concentrated and wonderfully aromatic.. Smooth as silk, it mixes berry, cherry, and plum fruit, now softening, with whiffs of smoke, green tea, and chocolate. Just past the stage of primary fruit flavors, it drinks beautifully...
Corliss Estate is in Walla Walla. It was founded by Seattle developer Michael Corliss and had its debut commercial vintage with the 2003 bottling. The winemaking team includes Andrew Trio and Griffin Frey, as well as consulting by Philippe Melka, a celebrated winemaker now based in Napa Valley. Corliss owns nearly 600 acres of estate vineyards, with 350 of those acres in the Red Mountain AVA and 50 acres in the Yakima Valley AVA. Corliss makes Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend and Syrah, all in quantities of 500 cases or fewer per year. Corliss wines have impressed reviewers. Wine Advocate has rated the first few vintages in the mid to high 90s.
Columbia Valley AVA is larger than some states. At 18,000 square miles, or 11 million acres, the appellation covers almost half of Washington State and a small part of Oregon on the south side of the Columbia River. Established in 1984, Columbia Valley contains numerous sub appellations within its boundaries, including Yakima Valley AVA and Walla Walla AVA, both large and important wine districts. Columbia Valley AVA, generally called the Columbia Basin by Pacific Northwesterners, is in the Columbia River Plateau, and the AVA also includes a section of northeastern Oregon. There are dozens of microclimates within this appellation of about 7,000 vineyard acres. Many kinds of grapes are grown in the Columbia Valley, though the principal grapes planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Eastern Washington experiences very hot summers and cold winters, and the northern latitude means that Washington vineyards receive several more hours of sun in the summer than California vineyards. Grapes in Washington therefore have time to develop significant tannins and overall ripeness.
One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.