Grown in abundance throughout Spain and in the Southern Rhone Valley, Grenache finds itself very comfortable in the heat of Eastern Washington where it produces a unique and wonderful wine. Our Grenache is grown on Snipes Mountain in the Upland Vineyards upper reaches where it matures very evenly and produces a light, yet rich mix of fragrant fruit and minerality. Balance. Balance. Balance.
Grenache Blanc de Noir
A few producers in France and Spain and almost none here in the United States have chosen to make white wine from the Grenache Noir grape. This is not the close cousin Greanche Blanc, but in fact the red varietal more commonly known as "Grenache". But how can we do that! Simple. Grenache gives color to wine slowly enough that when we press the whole clusters we get a beautiful hay colored juice without the salmon color that results from a few hours of contact with the skins. Proud and robust, with a red wines mouthful it ends with the crisp finish of a white wine.
Mason’s Red was created as a “food friendly” wine with generous acidity to complement all foods-except maybe breakfast cereal. Enjoy Mason’s any night, whether you’re eating a fresh harvest from the farmers’ market, oven-fired pizza, or creamy sauces that demand a wine with a structure that cuts through with a pleasurable balance. Mason’s is a Syrah-based blend that changes every year-picking up the flavors and the personality of the artist and the times. “To me, it’s a very personal, creative exercise blending Mason’s Red,” says Bob. “Like its namesake, I enjoy encouraging a wine’s natural greatness to emerge and shine.”
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Horse Heaven Hills Syrah
Full-bodied and spicy, this traditional Syrah makes a bold entrance and smooth, long finish. An inviting nose of mocha, baking spices, and toast greets you. With a tannic spine and heart of ripe marionberry, exotic chutney spices and subtle oak- it’s perfect with red meats, wild game and stews. Bob co-ferments exceptional fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills-renowned for its long growing season-with a bit of Viognier to increase depth of color and character-in the traditional Cote-Rhone style. The result is a delicious wine with succulent and bright fruit flavors and spice overtones that ages gracefully.
Upland Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
If you think of most cabernets as a yellow cab, this one’s a limousine. It’s luscious-rivaling the finest cabs of Washington State. Bob hit this one out of the ballpark. It’s elegant. With some good mineral overtones and hints of flint, it’s both assertive and supple-with complex flavors that never seem to end. You’ll want to savor each sip yet can’t wait for the next one. It strikes an incredible balance between tannic structure and layers of black currant, ripe Bing cherry, chocolate and tobacco-complemented by a restrained touch of toasty oak. Perfect with roasted meats, exotic cheeses, chocolate and a crackling fire.
McKinley Springs Mourvedre
More velvety. More earthy. More peppery than cabernet. This wine’s known for its lusty smoothness.
Bob worked with grower Rob Andrews at McKinley Springs to grow Mourvedre grapes to blend into his Syrah-then was won over by the flavor of the fruit and chose to pursue a true, powerful red like the ones found in Bandol, France.
The result was the best wine he’s made to date. Quoting his father’s latin, Bob says simply: “De gustibus non est disputandum” - when it comest to taste, there’s not dispute.
Columbia Valley Rose
Robert Ramsay Rose' is inspired by our love of Rose' fom Provence and Bandol in particular. Itoffers a bright fruity nose with hints of mineral and floral scents. Opening like a bowl of fresh fruit, its balanced acidity will embrace a hot summer’s day whether you pair it with a plate full of French cheese, or slow roasted baby back ribs.
The Dineen Vineyard located near Zillah, WA, is owned by Pat Dineen, a family friend. It is a cooler site in the upper Yakima Valley producing Syrah with depth and character, but also a subtlety and elegance. The Robert Ramsay Cellars Dineen Syrah is picked from Bridget’s Block, named after Pat’s daughter. With a limited number of cases each year, the majority of this wine is gobbled up by our Wine Club and select restaurants.
Dump Block Cabernet Sauvignon
A more muscular version of its sibling “Old Vine Block”, this Upland Vineyard Cabernet comes from the “Dump Block”, as it is referred to by grower Todd Newhouse. We liked the name and the wine that results from the Dump Block so much, we decided to continue Todd’s tradition on the label. The wine suggests dark cherry mixed with clove and mulling spices reminiscent of spiced cider simmering on the stove. The mouth feel is plush, rich and round with a youthful tense quality you know will mellow and deepen with age. Swallowing a mouthful draws out a balanced and curvaceous structure leading to a toasty finish.
McKinley Springs Syrah
Drink this Syrah now or cellar it for later, you will be pleased either way. From McKinley Springs we bring you one of our vineyard designated Syrah’s with a nose that wraps star anise, cherry and forest floor inside an inky package. Rich and chewy, the dark fruit drips from a bold backbone ending in a smoky finish with lingering bacon fat.
Par La Mer
Inspired by Bandol in France, where the Mourvedre grape is king, we bring you a Bandol blend comprised of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. Par La Mer(PLM) is smooth, elegant and balanced yet complex and full of earth and spice, suggesting the old world characteristics that speak to it's classic roots.
Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Phinny Hill Vineyard is among some of the best growing regions in the Horse Heaven Hills which consistently produce exceptional wine indicative of the unique terroir that is its origin. From vine to glass this wine is meticulously cared for and the results are something we are intensely proud of.