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Scorched Earth

This 10 acre vineyard is located on the banks of the Columbia River where the Gorge transitions to desert. A Basalt cliff rises from the river, there are dunes on the other side of the cliff and the vineyard is planted in black sand and basalt cobbles beyond the dunes. The site is complex and influenced by torrid heat from the desert, unimpeded flow of alpine air from the slopes of Mt. Adams and powerful, ocean inflected winds that are accelerated by the steep walls of the Gorge. The change in vegetation is also dramatic and the wild desert plants that grow under the canopy lend the wines compelling botanical perfumes.   

The wine that results from this is atypically, perfumed, floral and delicate for Zinfandel. It tastes more like some long lost aromatic grape variety, that only grows on the cliffs of a single village, in a forgotten mediterranean isle.

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SKU: TZ19FIONN1500ml

Hypothetical wine crossings are always fun and in this case it’s as if Rayas had grown the grapes for their Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone in Cote Rotie. The flavors are of the South, but with the precision, rigor and purity of the cool, steep, slopes that lie further up the rhone river.    

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There are certain historic wines from Rioja that allude to Burgundy with their texture and aromatics. Lopez de Heredia's "Vina Bosconia" is the most famous example of this and in some ways this wine also takes its cue from that wine. It has the kind of nuance and multi-dimensional red-fruited aromatics that Pinot is famous for, but delivers them with slightly more density, cigar-box range aromas, spice and texturized, powerful tannin.  

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The plantation is based on planting of grapes in central Italy in the 2nd century AD and is a mixed field with many clones of Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano, cilliegiolo, aleatico, trebbiano, cannaiolo nero and others.

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SKU: TZ18AOS1500ml
 

It’s a place that has the potential to deliver the ephemeral magic of Southern Rhone Grenache on sand with the wildness and vibrancy of Nerello Mascalese on the upper slopes of Mt. Etna.

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Hypothetical wine crossings are always fun and in this case it’s as if Rayas had grown the grapes for their Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone in Cote Rotie. The flavors are of the South, but with the precision, rigor and purity of the cool, steep, slopes that lie further up the rhone river.    

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Instead the wine is cloud like in texture, almost weightless, a vehicle for delivering aromas in the most pleasing way.

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This is the third vintage of this blend of adjacent parcels of Syrah and Grenache. The two parcels are fermented separately, whole cluster, with extended macerations before aging together in older, thick staved barrels of various sizes. There was no racking and the wine aged on the lees before being bottled by gravity after over two years in wood.   

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$130.00
 
SKU: HU17TZMRWLUN1500ml
 

Instead the wine is cloud like in texture, almost weightless, a vehicle for delivering aromas in the most pleasing way.

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$60.00
 
SKU: TZ19FEIS

This is the third vintage of this blend of adjacent parcels of Syrah and Grenache. The two parcels are fermented separately, whole cluster, with extended macerations before aging together in older, thick staved barrels of various sizes. There was no racking and the wine aged on the lees before being bottled by gravity after over two years in wood.   

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SKU: HU17TZMRWLUN