Fall Release Weekend in the Walla Walla Valley is just a few days away, November 3-5. Here are my Recommendations for wineries to visit. This is not an inclusive list, but includes some wineries with noteworthy new releases.
Rasa Vineyards - The Naravane brothers will present some outstanding 2015s, some reviewed in the September issue, others to be in December.
Walla Walla Vintners - New 2012s from the Cut Bank Estate Vineyard (reviewed October) and a new 2016 Chardonnay (December), a first for WWV.
Kontos Cellars - New 2014 reds and the tasting room exclusive, the 2013 "Beckett." Reviewed November.
Northstar- The tasting room will have a bevy of winery only 2014 reds. Reviewed November.
Tero Estates - The new 2014 "ST" (Super Tuscan) and the limited 2014 Herb's Block Merlot will be released.
Waters - Two firsts: a 2014 Merlot and a 2014 Patina Vineyard Syrah. Reviewed November.
Solemn Cellars - Justin Basel's inaugural releases will be poured at the tasting room on JB George Road.
Ardor Cellars - There will be a new 2015 Grenache, four single vineyard 2015 Syrahs and a blend of the four Syrahs. Reviewed November.
Sleight of Hand Cellars - The knockout 2014 Archimage and Illusionist will be presented, along with some new 2015's. Reviewed November.
Balboa - There will be four new Reserve Reds and other wines from Balboa and Beresan.
Seven Hills - Casey and Vicky McClellan will have a highly impressive 2014 Artz Vineyard Red Mountain Cabernet (reviewed November) and a new 2015 Cabernet Franc.
The Walls - New 2015 Syrahs and the Ramparts "GSM" red will be released. To be reviewed in the December issue.
Corvus Cellars - Some new 2014 reds from the winery's estate vineyard on Red Mountain.
March Cellars / Vital Wines - Ashley Trout will be presenting her new wines (to be reviewed December) at the tasting room on Lyday Lane, off Braden Road.
àMaurice Cellars - There will be a new 2015 Conner-Lee Chardonnay and 2014 Estate reds to be poured. To be reviewed in the December issue.
Have fun in Walla Walla!