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