Spring Release | Curbside | Free Delivery

Dear Friends,

Spring has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest and, despite these tumultuous times, we are excited to share our new wines with you. We hope they bring you pleasure and joy, both immediately and for years to come as they evolve in your cellars. This release spans four vintages; 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. Each vintage tells a story of weather patterns, hard work and choices made in the vineyard, and the winemaker’s hand in the cellar. But thankfully the story doesn’t end there; these wines will continue to develop for years to come in the bottle. Each time we pull a cork we commit a wine to its little death at the expense of our pleasure. But that is its raison d’être ~ if a bottle of wine is never opened, its existence is meaningless. The goal is to enjoy them at the optimal moment that suits your palate. Drink them young to embrace the vibrancy and freshness, or lay them down and patiently wait to unlock the earth and savory bouquet and flavors that appear with time. 

As we’ve grown over the last decade, we’ve had the opportunity to hold some wines back an additional year or more before they are released. Some of our wines fire on all cylinders right out of the gate and some just need a little more time to unwind and come into their own. Time allows the wine to soften some of the exuberance of youth and temper the vibrant PNW fruit into something a little more savory. Thankfully many of you dipped into our library via our mystery offer this past weekend to see, taste and smell the rewards of patience. Thank you for your support and we hope these library selections inspire you to seek out the potential of other aged wines.

Spring also marks the return of our celebrated Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Noir Rosé, as well as a new varietal for W.T. Vintners: Chardonnay. We are also unveiling reds from Stoney Vine and Boushey, including the Grande Côte Syrah, another debut release. In each of these wines, we hope to capture the essence of the vintage, the grape and, most importantly, the place.

We hope you enjoy them at just the right moment, whether that is today or a decade from now.

A votre santé,

Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen
Winemaker
Spring Release Weekend Update
Drive-By Pick-Up
~ This Saturday & Sunday, April 4th & 5th ~ To ensure the safety of our visitors and our team, we will be “open” for drive-by pickup of your Spring Release Allocation and new release purchases over the weekend of April 4th and 5th from 1-5pm. We’ve set up a drive-through to limit contact. Curbside Pick This Weekend – Saturday and Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm. Select “Pick-Up” at the winery at check-out and we’ll see you from a safe distance this weekend. We will also have a menu prepared so you can shop from afar and we can fulfill your orders on the spot. Can’t Pick-Up & Live in the greater Seattle area? FREE DELIVERY! We will deliver for free within 25 miles of the winery, within 5 days of your order, minimum $150 order. Select “Pick Up” at the winery at checkout and we will contact you to coordinate drop-off. FREE SHIPPING! For those of you who live further away, we are also offering FREE Ground Shipping (12+ bottles) & $10 Ground Shipping (4-11 bottles) / on all purchases. Alchemists Guild members please contact us at wine@wtvintners.com or call (425) 610-WINE (9463) with any questions and to let us know if you’ll be picking up your wine and/or to make delivery arrangements. We are delighted to share this release with you including the new Philosophers Stone Blend.

Our hearts go out to all those who have been and will be impacted by this virus. We appreciate your ongoing support of W.T. Vintners and we encourage you to continue to support local small businesses in any way you can through these uncertain times. We look forward to the return of a busy, thriving community and hope to see you soon.  

2019 Grüner Veltliner ‘Underwood Mountain’ Vineyard
Columbia Gorge, Washington
(120 cases) 
The latest vintage of the wine that inadvertently put us on the map, and it may be our best yet. Fermented in 60% stainless steel and 40% old French oak-aged on the lees for five months, the resulting wine is both delicious and lithe on the palate. The hallmark white pepper and spice we love in Grüner are just beginning to emerge to complement green apple, mandarin orange, green herbs, lentils, and a saline minerality.

Note: we updated the label and the bottle shape and this wine is now sealed with cork; what you discover inside is as wonderful as the wine you’ve loved in vintages past.

2018 Chardonnay ‘Rainmaker’ Vineyard
Columbia Gorge, Washington
(90 cases) Our love of Burgundy inspired this new wine, but the flavors of the Columbia Gorge are at the helm. We are so excited about this vineyard and our future with the Singer family who farms the land. The wine was fermented with spontaneous yeast and aged in used barrels for 15 months on its lees. Aromas of yellow apple, pear, camphor, and a subtle kiss of sweet oak and minerality. 

2019 Pinot Noir Rosé ‘Rainmaker’ Vineyard
Columbia Gorge, Washington
(210 cases) Our love for the Rainmaker vineyard and the Columbia Gorge shines through in our latest rosé. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the fruit came in from the vineyard ripe and delicious, but with blazing acidity. Fermented with wild yeast in both stainless steel (to capture the vibrancy and energy) and in one old French oak barrel (to build texture and round out the edges of the final wine), the resulting wine bursts with ruby red grapefruit, strawberry, a touch of rose and flinty Columbia Gorge minerality.

2017 Syrah Boushey ‘Grande Côte’ Vineyard
Yakima Valley, Washington
(110 cases, 100% whole cluster)
Planted in 1994 by Dick Boushey for Washington Rhône wine pioneer Doug McCrea. Located just a few miles from the eponymous Boushey Vineyard, the Grande Côte vineyard has been at the heart of some of our favorite Washington Syrahs over the last 20 years. We are honored to be on a very short list of wineries that have been given access to this hallowed ground. This is the fifth expression of single-vineyard PNW Syrah that we have embraced; it is deep and brooding with wild game and cracked black pepper notes, yet it maintains freshness and vibrancy that has been a hallmark of our wines at W.T. Vintners.

2017 Grenache ‘Boushey’ Vineyard Yakima Valley, Washington (70 cases, 50% whole cluster)
A very late spring led to a potentially very hot summer. Thankfully, this transition was tempered by a haze of smoke from massive Canadian wildfires fires that acted as a filter to moderate light and heat. As fall approached, the weather cooled, allowing for flavors to develop without rapid sugar spikes therefore limiting excessive alcohol.  The final wine is loaded with ripe brambly fruits, bright acidity, supple but herbaceous tannins, and lingering white pepper spice. 

2017 Mourvèdre ‘Boushey’ Vineyard
Yakima Valley, Washington
(60 cases, 60% whole cluster) Inspired by the wines of Bandol in Provence, France; we adore the rustic power and liquid sunshine of the Côte d’Azur. We are inspired by these wines, but our Mourvèdre captures the gentle spirit of grower Dick Boushey coupled with the untamed nature of the grape and the elegance of his cooler vineyard site. Our Mourvèdre evokes aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, cured meats, bergamot tea, and black pepper.

2016 Syrah ‘Stoney Vine’ Vineyard
Walla Walla Valley, Oregon 
(225 cases, 100% whole cluster)
Our fifth vintage from the ankle-rolling cobblestone terroir that has become the darling of wine critics and those seeking funk in their wines. Here is a snippet from Sean Sullivan at Wine Enthusiast Magazine about our 2016 Stoney Vine Syrah: “Mind-bending aromas of black olive, fire pit, charcuterie board, chopped parsley, fresh herbs, black pepper, flowers, and grilled asparagus lead to intense, focused savory flavors.” 93 points

And from Owen Bargeen’s Washington Wine Blog:
#16 WWB 2019 Top 100 Wines: “The 2016 ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ Syrah opens with seductive bulls blood with Mandarin orange rind, umami, smoke and green olive tapenade aromatics that all take shape in the glass. The palate has a wonderful freshness and a silky texture. Red and dark fruits mingle with shades of black truffle crudo, bacon fat, umami and red cherry cordial. Absolutely impossible to resist… 94 points”

Alchemists Guild Exclusive 2017 Philosophers Stone Blend
50% Stoney Vine Syrah ~ 50% Boushey Mourvèdre
Columbia Valley, Washington
(22 cases)
A single barrel blend selected by the Alchemists Guild at our Spring Release in 2019. Aged 30 months in neutral French oak, this wine all the sauvage and funk we love from “The Rocks” ~ the Syrah partners perfectly with the structure and wildness of Mourvèdre. Extremely limited production, all bottles are allocated to our wine club: the Alchemists Guild. Join for future access to our single barrel cuvées.