Hi everyone, just a reminder that if you’ve ordered wine any time after June 12th, your account is now set up in such a way that you can conveniently order via email. All you have to do is reply to this email with a “I’ll take 6 bottles of the Syrah” or whichever wine you’d like. Please be specific about which wine, and please include your full name.
Aryn Morell is one of the most ambitious young winemakers in Washington, having moved here in 2007 from California, where he worked closely with some of Napa’s $500+ per bottle winemakers. With his background in the elite world of impossible to obtain, and beyond impossible to afford “cult” Napa wines, he has his eyes set squarely on shattering the ceiling at the top of iconic Washington wines.
For the past six years he’s been making the very stylish Tenor Wines, as well as Matthews Winery and Gard Vintners, while working on his own special project behind the scenes. Finally ready, his Alleromb Wines are being made available, and I had the fortune of being in the very small group of tasters present at the official release party. I spoke with many of the other attendees and the response was sensational, with the whole lot nearly sold out by the end.
Referred to as “luxurious” by wine reviewer Chris Nishiwaki of 425 Magazine, Alleromb is something of a must-have for the wine collector with a firm sense of one-upsmanship. A trophy on the mantel for those who seek bragging rights, with a quip of “You haven’t had those wines yet? Well, I have two cases in my cellar… Neener Neener!”
Alleromb 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
La Reyna Blanca Vineyard, Columbia Valley
This up and coming vineyard is in Frenchman Hills area and is planted with what the French call the “musqué” clone of Sauvignon Blanc. As the name suggests, this well liked variation of Sauv Blanc is known for having exceptional aromatics and is far less prone to having green, vegetal, flavors. This is vital given that these vines are planted at a cool 1,640 feet, making them some of the highest plots in the region. This wine is dry with ripe notes of apples, pineapples, lemons, and guava. There’s also a smokey, flinty, note which I often enjoy in finer French Sauvignon Blanc. It’s fermented and aged three and a half months in 57% new French oak barrel, 12% once used French oak, and 31% Stainless steel, receiving the best of all three worlds with weight, nuance, and purity.
12 bottles available, first come first serve
Aryn is most proud of his red wines which are fermented in special, open top, 500 Liter French oak barrels known as “puncheons”. A true believer in the ageability of his wines, he’s insists that we should wait at least another five to ten years before drinking them. I’ve no doubt that the wines will only get more complex with time, but I won’t tip Aryn off if you choose to pop them open sooner rather than later.
Alleromb 2010 Red Wine 77% Grenache, 23% Syrah
This is a Grenache grown from the highly prized Tablas Creek clones, which trace their origin back to the the famed Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape, where Grenache is king. Arguably, it’s the advent of this clone which is giving rise to the Grenache renaissance in both Washington and California. This is a really elegant wine with notes of rose petals, orange peel, and Herbes de Provence. There are also denser notes of black pepper, ripe cherries and chocolate ganache, but the wine never comes off heavy or unbalanced. Unfiltered and pure, this blend is smooth on the palate, with a very polished tannin structure.
Fermented and aged 21 months in 50% new French oak barrels 50% once used French oak
110 cases produced
10 bottles available
Alleromb 2010 Scarline Vineyard Syrah
Featured here is the Joseph Phelps clone of Syrah, which is known to have deep flavors of black fruits and a plush mouthfeel. The wine shows silent strength, leading with the fennis of vanilla, toasted spices and framboise, then climaxing with the brawn of blackberries and cherries, smoked meats, and cocoa nibs. It’s big, full, and juicy with earthy tobacco qualities resulting from the 15% stem inclusion in the fermentation. Syrah is not often revered for its acidity, but the Alleromb delivers a balanced structure that will allow it to age for several years.
Fermented and aged 21 months in 100% new French oak
165 cases made
6 bottles available