I am giddy with excitement at this project. A refreshing change from your typical Washington State red – typically high in alcohol, heavily oaked, and highly extracted – itä wines on the other hand are lighter bodied wines with racy acidity, and founder/winemaker Kelsey Albro Itämeri’s low-impact winemaking styles reflects that via early pick dates, a restrained use of oak, and minimal fining/filtration in the winery. I’ve never tasted anything like this from Washington State and I am thrilled to think that we might begin to see more diversity in our incredible home state.
Grape: Zinfandel 100%
Region: Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Farming: Les Collines Vineyard, LIVE Certified Sustainable & Salmon Safe, 1100-1400 ft elevation, hand harvested
Winery: Foot-stomped, aged on skins for 2 days, fermented with wild yeast, aged in neutral vessels, minimal intervention, unfined/unfiltered