I have two new white wines available for you. Don't wait on these, because they are such small lots, they won't last very long.
If you love white wine, these two offerings are some of my finest to date. The flavors are bountiful.
2021 Malvasia Bianca - $22/bottle (club $17.60) - Columbia Valley AVA - 82 cases produced - I found a second vineyard this year that had a small planting of this grape so I picked them both the same day and fermented them together (co-fermented). The resulting wine is complex, aromatic, and simply enjoyable. Last year this wine sold out in 3 weeks.
2021 Muscat Blanc - $19/bottle (club $15.20) - Columbia Vallley AVA - 51 cases produced - I've always wanted to produce a Muscat Blanc fermented all the way to dry. Aromatic white wines produced in stainless steel and perfectly balanced are a style I try to achieve. This is a fantastic example.
Our tasting room in Kirkland, WA is now closed. We took a chance and opened up at a time we thought the pandemic was waning. Unfortunately, the gamble didn't pay off. Thank you to those customers that supported us at that location, it's very much appreciated. If the right opportunity presents itself, we may try again.
2019 Red Mountain Carmenere - Red Mountain - 100% Carmenere from Heart of the Hill Vineyard - $29.60/bottle. A rare varietal with tons of potential in Washington State. This very aromatic red wine smells of cherry, licorice, curry spices, and menthol. Flavors of cocoa powder, cherry, long pepper, and coriander on the palate. This wine finishes with chalky tannins, a bright finish, and a creamy mouthfeel. 192 Cases produced.
2019 Barbera - Horse Heaven Hills - Coyote Canyon Vineyard - $23.20/bottle. 171 cases produced. On the nose there are hints of violet, wet earth, plum, and new leather. Flavors of strawberry, mixed berries, and dried cranberries abound. Aged in neutral oak barrels for 1 year.
2021 Albarino - Horse Heaven Hills - Coyote Canyon Vineyard - Fermented to dry in a stainless steel tank and bottled early to preserve fresh aromas of lemon chiffon, bubble gum, and a hint of mint. On the palate there are flavors of citrus and wild flowers. The finish is bright with hints of kiwi. 124 cases produced.
We are just a little over 2 years since the world shut down. After taking a break from posting and discontinuing other forms of social media, I've determined this website is the best way to communicate directly to our wine audience and customers I very much enjoy.
I hope to use this blog space as a way to engage and explain what we are doing at Bartholomew. Of course I plan to be present in my Kennewick tasting room as much as possible, but feel free to ask questions in the comments section as well as make suggestions as what you would like to see. I have a Youtube channel called Bartwine feel free to follow. Additionally, we will also post on Rumble.com where you can follow by searching "Bartholomew Winery" or "Bartwine".
Here's a look at what myself and Kevin, the assistant winemaker, have been up to during the winter months of 2022.
Why do we rack wine? Racking is simply the process of transferring a wine from one container to another while leaving behind any sediment or "lees". Over time fruit particles and dead yeast cells will settle out of the wine and pile up on the bottom of the barrel or tank. In the first days after pressing a wine, this layer will be very thick and particularly troublesome. This thick layer of yeast and fruit crud is referred to as the gross lees, whereas the thinner sediment later on is known as the fine lees. The main purpose of racking is to separate the clean wine from these decaying lees to eventually form a crystal clear and ready-to-bottle wine.
Here is the whole 30 minute segment with the "ins and outs" from our tasting room in Kennewick. If you want to view only our segment, it's at the bottom of our home page.
Here are the 3 new releases for March 2018
2015 Tannat - Konnowac Vineyard - Rattlesnake Hills - $33
2015 Malbec - Lawrence Vineyard - Columbia Valley - $29
2017 Albarino - Coyote Canyon Vineyard - Horse Heaven Hills - $18
The bottling truck visited our new winery operation in Kennewick Washington. Below is a short clip of our 2017 Rose of Carmenere going into the bottles.
Check out this very well done interview I participated in recently. If you want to know what it takes to be a winemaker and find out about my personal journey, listen here. (skip to the 8 min. mark if you want to go right to the interview). Download for later listening, or play it now. I'd love to get your feedback.
We made it! Both literally and figuratively. The 2017 vintage is in the books as they say. The newest wine is resting in barrels soaking up all the goodness the oak has to provide. The white and rose are in tanks being prepared for bottling and release in the spring. A very fine vintage if I do say so myself. One of the highlights of the new vintage is the Albarino we picked from Coyote Canyon Vineyard, one of our favorite growers, in the Horse Heaven Hills. The early odds are that you will enjoy it this summer. I'm looking forward to figuring out what food pairs well with this varietal. Perhaps Spanish style tapas on a hot summer evening? Here's more from Wiki about Albarino CLICK HERE .
We also made it to Kennewick, Washington. My family and I made the move from Seattle late summer, just before harvest. I then commuted back and forth during "crush" to Seattle with grapes in tow, since our new winery facility was not quite ready to move into. Finally, in November, we got our keys, moved all the finished wine, case goods, and equipment to Eastern Washington. 20k miles later, we opened our tasting room a couple of weeks before Christmas, which is open for business both Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 pm.
Sometime in the Spring 2018, we will have a grand opening where each of you are invited. We'll have entertainment, food truck(s), and new wine to try.
Please keep in touch with us on this website and/or our Facebook Page .
If you feel so inclined while you are here, please purchase a couple of bottles.
Thank you for your time!
In an effort to show more content regarding my journey as a winery owner and winemaker, I'll be posting videos and photos here for you to see. Please click, watch, and comment.
Have you ever noticed how fast time flies when you have deadlines? I can't believe it's already August 2017. With harvest quickly approaching, the new winery construction is progressing rapidly. The stucco on the outside of the building was being applied the day I visited and the concrete floors were being polished and treated. There is a lot to accomplish over the next 60 days, but I have faith the project will be move-in ready by the end of October. As long as all permits are approved and we can get internet service in the tasting room, we will open. As with everything in the wine industry, we must hurry and wait.
We are proud to be partnered with the Port of Kennewick and Banlin Construction. This is a first class project they are putting together. As you may know, there have been some delays. Completing this project has proven more difficult than the port commissioners, architect, city, and I thought. One foreman told me the finished project will be 100% better than the original drawings. I can't wait to see!
We hope to open this location in November 2017. Meanwhile, if you would like to purchase our wine now, feel free to navigate to our "Wine" page above, or visit our tasting room in Seattle, Washington.
Lots of folks have been asking why we decided to move our wine production across the state, so far away from our current home base. The truth is, we couldn't pass up this fantastic opportunity! The Port of Kennewick was building new winery sites; they just needed a few awesome tenants to make their vision a reality. That's where Bartholomew Winery and Palencia Winery - La Monarcha come in.
Currently, Bartholomew is leasing warehouse space built for "other" manufacturing, retrofitted to suit wine making. The new building in Kennewick is designed specifically to support wine production and hospitality services. It's an energy efficient building, which reduces operating costs and provide a “sustainable practices” marketing advantage. Adjacent to a nature trail are outdoor seating areas designed and situated to take full advantage of the surrounding natural area, while using the buildings to block the hustle and bustle of the busy street, and street-scape improvements to enhance the “manner of arrival”. Phase 2 improvements will add supporting elements (such as food trucks) and additional sites for complementary businesses (like beer, wine, spirits, art, and food). What's not to love!
Also, a forward thinking approach to waste water is incorporated into this winery site. New regulatory requirements are currently being discussed and enacted by the State of Washington Department of Ecology. The cost involved to accommodate these new regulations will be expensive for existing wineries. This is why the Port project is quite enticing to us. While all the individual wineries around the State will be attempting to understand and comply with these new requirements, the City of Kennewick is handling all of the permitting to discharge the winery waste water into their existing 6 million gallons of daily flow. We simply have to sign up for the City’s water and sewer meter billing, apply some simple best management practices, and pay a monthly water bill. Is it a perfect situation? Time will tell, but we are more than hopeful.
Personally, we are excited to help improve an under-served community of Kennewick, and transform it into a bustling center of commerce. Here is a 2-minute video provided by PBS showing a sneak peek of the wine village construction site and the key Port official and architect involved: www.pbs.org/video/3000929868/ (or click the image below)
Introducing, the release of our most popular wine selections, Noon to 5 PM, Sat & Sun, May 6-7
Details about the new wine:
2016 Rose of Carmenere, Konnowac Vineyard, $18/bottle ($14.40 Wine Club). 171 cases produced. This is a dry, fruit-forward rose, and light in color. A great wine that is versatile enough to pair with sea food, burgers, or Thanksgiving dinner. On the nose are raspberries and lychee with a crisp, clean finish.
2014 Primitivo, Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, $26/bottle ($20.80 Wine Club). 122 cases produced. 2014 was the perfect growing season for this grape. The wine has plenty of body and fruitiness. A touch of oak to round things out, and a beautiful ruby color. Unfortunately, it is our last vintage of this very popular wine.
2014 Cabernet Franc, Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, $29/bottle ($23.20 Wine Club). 123 cases produced. The grapes from this block continue to mature wonderfully. I can't say enough about how beautiful these grapes are just before picking. And the vineyard is always in immaculate shape. There are no detectable "bell pepper" flavors from this hot vintage. If you are a fan of Cab Franc, this is the perfect vintage for you. Drink now, or cellar up to 8 years.
Wine Club Customers: This is NOT one of the two required purchases to satisfy club minimums. However, we hope to see all of you at the release.
From the Compass Wines Newsletter
Unless you are a regular imbiber of the red wines from Uruguay or the 'black wines' of Madiran, you are likely unfamiliar with Tannat. As should be apparent by the nickname of 'black wine', this is certainly not delicate or a shrinking violet of a wine. Rather, this is more like a 'purple people eater', but in a good way. Inky black with notes of dried lavender, kirsch, loganberry syrup and with a peppery finish not unlike a Petit Verdot. This is one of, if not the first, straight varietal version of this I have seen from Washington and if this is any indication of the potential, we have a new star on the horizon. Grilled steaks on the BBQ, a rich and robust leg of lamb or hearty stew are beckoning for this gem. Only about 100 cases were produced and we have only 5 of those. Pretty killer stuff. Their Website
And another from Review of Washington Wines...this from a visit at Taste Washington.
2014 Bartholomew Tannat, Rattlesnake Hills, Konnowak Vineyard ($32)
This is the first Washington Tannat I’ve run across, from a grape originating in Southwest France. It displays a deep ruby-crimson color and intriguing aromas of raspberries, cherries, cranberries and plums, with scents of black roses, tobacco, violets and smoldering incense. The flavors, as well, are attention getting, with layers of red and blue fruits that are intermixed with black licorice, cocoa, roasted coffee beans and earth. The grainy textured back picks up macerated berries and roasted nuts, mocha and charcoal, followed by sturdy tannins (a trait of Tannat) on the deep finish. 18.5+/20 points. Rand's Website
Thank you Compass and Review of Washington Wine for the kind words. We are very glad to have you as partners selling Bartholomew wine.
There are only 10 cases left. Grab some from our tasting room in the Old Rainier Brewery or online from this website. You can always purchase online and designate the order as "Pick-up" if you don't want to pay for shipping. We'll hold the order for you until you can make it into the tasting room.
We are moving our wine production space from West Seattle to Kennewick, Washington.
Our tasting room in the Old Rainier Brewery building will remain. Tastings will continue weekly as usual. We are excited to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to grow our company in the heart of Washington wine country. Our wine making space will double in size and we are able to open a second tasting room east of the mountains. Anticipated opening in late July 2017. Along with another winery next door, there is a great brewery, restaurant, and hotel within walking distance. Here's an artist rendering for some perspective.
We look forward to talking to you more about it as time unfolds. Here is a great article that explains our move in more detail.
2017 Spring Release Weekend
When: Friday March 3rd, 5-8 PM and Saturday to Sunday, March 4th-5th, noon to 5 PM
Where: Tasting Room in the Old Rainier Brewery at 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98134
What: 2014 Tannat, 2014 Malbec, and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Who: You, your friends and family. Open to the public.
Details about the new wine:
2014 Tannat, Konnowac Vineyard, $32/bottle. 102 cases produced. Our first vintage of this variety. What is Tannat you ask? Here's the Wiki and an article about us from the Seattle Times. This is a full-bodied red wine with big tannins. On the nose are bright cherries with hints of cinnamon and allspice. We highly recommend decanting this young wine. Truly unlike any other grape.
2014 Malbec, Painted Hills Vineyard, Columbia Valley, $28/bottle. 99 cases produced. This north facing vineyard highlights a distinctly Washington terrior, making a Malbec like none other. Deep color leads to leafy tea components and crushed berries. Smooth tannin and bright acid make it a can't miss.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Konnowac Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, $17/bottle. 123 cases produced. This wine has citrus notes similar to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and gooseberry flavors familiar to those produced in Bordeaux. Made in a stainless steel tank to keep it crisp, like spring-time in a glass. Oh, and it has a screw cap closure perfect for beaches, picnics, and camping.
This release introduces the 2014 vintage of our red wines all with the new white label. We'd love to hear what you think about the new design.
2016 Fall Wine Release
Details about the new wine:
2013 Red Mountain Carmenere, Kiona Vineyard, $28/bottle. 99 cases produced. Our first vintage from this vineyard. True to form, this Red Mountain Carmenere is full bodied with soft tannins, plenty of red fruit flavors, and a peppery spice finish. Truly unlike any other grape produced.
2013 Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills, Coyote Canyon Vineyard, $28/bottle. 60 cases produced. Our 5th consecutive vintage of Cabernet Franc from this vineyard. With only 60 cases produced, we won't be surprised if it's sold out in 60 days.
2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $15/bottle. 256 cases produced. Un-oaked, bright fruit flavors with a creamy texture is the best way to describe this one. If you like Chardonnay, but could do without the oak, this is your wine. A Chablis-like Chardonnay, perfect for any kind of weather.
2013 Bartholomew Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, Coyote Canyon Vineyard ($24)
Deep ruby colored, this relative of Zinfandel emits rich, smoky aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, rosebuds, pipe tobacco, lavender and spiced incense. On the palate, the flavors are thick and generous, with intermixtures of licorice, dark cocoa, espresso, and Horse Heaven scorched earth. The chewy textured back picks up semi dried cherries, plum preserves, and mocha, followed by a spicy (nutmeg, clove) moderate alcohol (13.9%) and sweetish tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
2013 Bartholomew 5th Quarter Blend, Columbia Valley ($??)
This is a tasty combination of 55% Carmenère, 20% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. It shows a deep crimson-ruby color and seductive aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, crushed roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco, violets and oriental incense. The flavors, as well, are alluring, with layers of supple black and blue fruits that are interspersed with licorice, cocoa, black tea, and variegated earth minerals. The back picks up pressed berries, crème de cassis, blueberry preserves, and graphite, followed by a lingering sweetish tannin finish. This is a winner. 19/20 points.
2013 Bartholomew Carmenère, Red Mountain ($28)
This is a fine rendition of the “lost grape” of Bordeaux. It shows a deep crimson color and a perfumed nose of wild currants, black cherries, Damson plums, lavender, violets, sweet tobacco and incense. The black and blue fruit flavors are mouth encompassing, with notes of licorice, bittersweet chocolate, black tea, and Red Mountain calcareous minerals. The back reveals sensations of pressed berries, crème de cassis, kirsch, and mocha, all leading seamlessly into a long sweetish tannin finish. As a vin de plaisir, this gets a plus. 18.5+/20 points.
Authored by Rand Sealey
Spring Release Weekend
Friday March 18th 5:30-8:30 pm, March 19th-20th Saturday and Sunday noon-5 pm. Pleased to announce the release of three new wines: 2015 Aligote, 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013 5th Quarter Blend.
2015 Aligote - Upland Vineyard - Snipes Mountain - $19/bottle. The other white wine originally from Burgundy. Grown in Washington state on old vines planted in 1979. Bone dry, with crisp acidity. No barrel contact or malolactic conversion. Green apple and citrus on the nose, with a creamy texture and full body.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - Two Blondes Vineyard - Rattlesnake Hills - $38/bottle. Our first vintage from this award winning vineyard. The "king" of all wine varietals will have you calling for more. Smooth, integrated tannins and 25% new oak balance the dark fruit flavors and earth. A warm vintage with bright fruit flavors and restrained alcohol. An amazing buy.
2013 5th Quarter Blend - Columbia Valley - $32/bottle. What happens when you blend a wine that doesn't fit "traditional" definitions? If it's not Right Bank or Left Bank, what is it? It belongs in the 5th Quarter. Yes, a play on the Italian term "quinto quarto", however these lots of wine are not the leftover cuts, these are prime. Certain to make your taste buds sing! This Red Mountain Carmenere dominant 5 varietal Bordeaux style blend is like none other. Plenty of spice and earth balanced with great color, tannin, and fruit flavors. Varietals: Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.
Here is the new and updated map. Use this link to view our interactive Google map.
On this day, we pressed Viognier and de-stemmed both Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon. Eight or so hours compressed into one minute. Enjoy!
Fall 2015 Wine Events
Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. Five Course Winemaker Dinner at Brunswick & Hunt
We only do this on rare occasions. This time we have teamed up with a new and very exciting restaurant, Brunswick & Hunt. This is their first ever Vintner's Dinner. There is only one seating and it is very limited. Please call now to reserve your seats 206-946-1574.
The five course dinner and wine pairings:
Sunchoke Puree Caviar, Leek Ash, Sea Salt. Wine: 2012 Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, Coyote Canyon
Squab L’orange Savory Fall Strata. Wine: 2014 L’Orange, Lawrence Vineyard, Columbia Valley
House Made Tagliatelle Porcini Mushroom, Golden Hubbard Squash. Wine: 2012 Reciprocity, Columbia Valley
Oregon Roosevelt Elk Golden Chantrelle, Cioppolini Onion. Wine: 2013 Carmenere, Columbia Valley
Port Poached Pear Douglas Fir, Foie Gras. Wine: 2013 Souzao, Snipes Mountain, Upland Vineyard
Dinner Starts at 7 PM $85 per person
Wine will be available for purchase by the bottle
Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm, Seattle Urban Wineries World Trade Center Tasting. Sixteen of the best Seattle wineries in one location - Tickets $25. Sponsored by the Washington State Wine Commission. Check out the urban winery scene in one convenient location. For a map and a place to register for this event, CLICK HERE or HERE.
Charles Smith Winery
Nota Bene Cellars
8 Bells Winery
Pine Lake Cellars
Ward Johnson Winery
Robert Ramsay Cellars
Falling Rain Winery
Sept 12th and 13th, Saturday and Sunday from Noon-5 pm.
2012 Jaxon $32 - Columbia Valley - Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere - The last time we will ever be able to release a wine named after our son. In case you didn't hear why, check out the news story HERE.
2012 Cabernet Franc - $28 - 100% Cabernet Franc - Coyote Canyon - Horse Heaven Hills. Another stunning wine from one of our favorite vineyards. A Gold medal winning wine at the 2015 Seattle Wine Awards. Only 60 cases available.
2013 Carmenere - $28 - 100% Carmenere - Columbia Valley - Glacier Vineyard. Last year this wine sold out in 60 days. We hope this one lasts longer but somehow doubt it will. Unadulterated carmenere at its finest. Great fruit expression with the pop of pepper you expect from this varietal.
All of the marketing in the world won’t do any good if we are rotting from the inside out. The most important culture in a winery doesn’t come from yeast; it comes from the spirit and leadership created within. No winery in the world can convince consumers how great their products are if the people that walk into the building and work every day don’t believe it themselves in their heart of hearts. The Bartholomew Winery culture will reflect the work ethic, values, beliefs, habits, and actions of champions with integrity.