Un millésime 2018 "Miraculeux et Exceptionnel" dans l'Enclos, grâce à des conditions météorologiques idéales pendant l'été et le début de l'automne. / A "Miraculous and Exceptional" 2018 vintage in our "Clos" thanks to favorable weather conditions during summer and early fall. pic.twitter.com/kKMFwblJt4
— Château d'Issan (@ChateauIssan) October 24, 2018
Aujourd'hui, nos vendangeurs ramassent les grappes de Cabernet Sauvignon au @Ch_Pedesclaux , sur le parvis en face du chai. / Today, we are starting the harvest of our Cabernet Sauvignon on the plots in front of the cellar. #happyharvest #harvest2018 #vendanges2018 #pédesclaux pic.twitter.com/eVgRRkubur
— Château Pédesclaux (@Ch_Pedesclaux) October 2, 2018
Due to an overwhelming response to our Fall Release, the 2016 Stolen Horse Syrah has sold out and we have limited quantities of the 2017 Elizabeth Chardonnay and 2016 Flying B Cabernet remaining.
To purchase the new releases email us, or call the winery at (509) 525-3334.
We hope to see you at our downtown tasting room this fall as we celebrate harvest in the Walla Walla Valley. Cheers!
Fall Release Event Save-the-Date
Join us for a celebration of our fall releases as well as a
barrel sample of the 2017 Lefore Syrah releasing next year.
November 3rd, 2-5 pm
229 E Main Street, Walla Walla
by Winemaker & GM, Josh McDaniels
“It is truly my pleasure to craft these new wines as a pure expression of the Walla Walla Valley and as representations of the incredible and fun stories from the Bledsoe family.”
2017 Elizabeth Chardonnay–Drew’s Grandmother, Elizabeth, lived on the Flying B cattle ranch yet always displayed and demanded elegance and class. The Elizabeth Chardonnay grapes were intentionally picked early in the growing season, the resulting wine opens with bosc pear, tropical fruit and cool wet rocks – almost as if you can smell the concrete “tulips” that the wine was partially aged in.Read More>>
2016 Flying B Cabernet Sauvignon – Paying homage to Drew’s Grandfather’s cattle ranch in Ellensburg, Washington, the 2016 Flying B is only the second release but a huge step up. Immediately seductive aromatically with red raspberry, blueberry, cedar, menthol and tobacco. The addition of Syrah to the mix has given this wine a complex and harmonious character that these blocks were missing.Read More>>
2016 Stolen Horse Syrah (SOLD OUT) – The story behind the wine represents a Bledsoe family tale of “no good deed goes unpunished” in the Gallatin Valley of Montana and is loaded with pretty red and blue fruit, with an intriguing type of minerality to it, a great amalgamation of the Loess vineyard planted in the deep wind-blown loess soils and our new estate vineyard, Lefore, planted in the ever-famous and plentiful cobblestones of the Walla Walla Valley. Our first red wine aged in concrete “tulips” this wine exhibits soft tannins, lively acidity, and a fantastic richness.Read More>>
Sporting Wine Club first got to know Pep and Kiko of the Bodega Hiriart through one of our members, Jo Earlam. We were well aware of a gap in our Spanish portfolio, despite the excellent Rioja supplied by Sir Nick Faldo, and this is a great addition. We are delighted to feature such a beautiful wine with a strong rugby connection and a Hiriart inspired own label which expresses the growing love of rugby by the Spanish Nation. Thanks Jo for the intro and Salud to all at Sporting Wine Club. Please sample a case and we guarantee you a wonderful experience.
- Tasting Notes
Made from 100% Tempranillo, this Crianza is soft and smooth with delicate, ripe tannins. Intense aromas of dark cherry and plum are mirrored on the pallet and supported by subtle vanilla notes from maturation in French oak. Full bodied with good acidity and a long finish, this wine is great with food and ideal for everyday drinking.
The Hiriart Crianza has won the following prestigious medals:
Medaille d’Or 2016 – Concours Mondial Bruxelles
Berliner Gold 2017 – 21st Berlin wine trophy
Silver – 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
- The Winery
Bodega Hiriart is a new winery with history and experience, which combines traditional and new technology to ensure Quality, the objective of this family business!
The winery is built on top of the old, underground warehouse which dates back to 1750 when the ancestors of the family manually excavated the vaults which still remain. Today, tribute has been paid to the ancestors who were able to unite and convey the best of the wine culture of Castile and Bordeaux.
The relation between Alejandro and Hiriart started many years ago, when he was just a child. The friendship between the two families, Hiriart and Muñoz, meant Alejandro visited the winery several times during his childhood. During those visits, while his parents where sharing a glass of wine, he would wonder around the old winery and the aging room. When he became a teenager, he got also more involved with the winery. He didn´t come to the winery just as a guest but as a worker, helping during the harvest campaign.
Nowadays he is concentrated in his university studies of medicine, something that he shares with his other passion, rugby.
- The sporting connection
Alejandro Muñoz started playing in VRAC, the rugby team of his city, as a child and everyone saw him as a boy with a great future. He has always belonged to that privileged group of players who “play well and make others play better”. They were not wrong. He completed two seasons in Ireland to improve his sport, learn English and finish an interesting academic education. He has a breathtaking tranquility and when on the field shows no nerves.
He made his debut in September 2016 with the first division team setting up an excellent match against the other team of the city, and main rival, El Salvador.
He was seen by the Spanish 7´s national team and soon joined them. Since then he has been focused in the international 7´s competition and doing a great job in different locations like London, Moscow, Las Vegas and Vancouver.
Notre millésime 2015 incarne la densité des Pauillac, tempérée par une volupté singulière. / Our 2015 embodies the density of Pauillac. Complexity, depth, sensuality, freshness and tension. #pedesclaux #winetasting 📸Brian Reynaud pic.twitter.com/AQiNtZNg6D
— Château Pédesclaux (@Ch_Pedesclaux) August 6, 2018
RACKING, Step 3
🇬🇧 Frédéric is using a « chèvre » : it is an old instrument tilting the barrel during the last phase of racking.
🇲🇫 Frédéric utilise une « chèvre », un outil séculaire qui permet d’incliner la barrique lors de la dernière phase de soutirage. pic.twitter.com/MOb4o6AVDK
— Château d'Issan (@ChateauIssan) July 5, 2018
Time for us to rack the 2017 vintage ! It consists in separating the clear wine from the sediment that has set down in the barrels during the preceding months. It requires a great know-how and time-honored methods. #ChateauIssan #Margaux #Wine #slowmotion pic.twitter.com/JPLNiOotSB
— Château d'Issan (@ChateauIssan) June 28, 2018