Fellow wine lovers, I recently had the pleasure of trying the latest from Alleromb Winery. If you’re not yet familiar, this is a new project by Aryn Morell, winemaker of Tenor Wines and Matthews Winery. Alleromb is his own winery, which he debuted just last year; you can review my original offering of his very first release by clicking here.
While I was there tasting Aryn’s newest releases, Chardonnay and Cabernet, I also got to re-taste the wines from the original Alleromb release, the Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Grenache/Syrah Blend. For those who jumped on that initial offering, I’m happy to report back that they’re evolving very nicely, and drinking rather handsomely right now.
Coming from a background of working with cult Napa producers like Harlan Estate, Colgin, Sloan, and Screaming Eagle, Aryn’s goal with Alleromb is to produce a wine with the same level of quality and attention to detail as those highly acclaimed Californians, but here in Washington State.
Alleromb 2012 La Reyna Blanca Vineyard Chardonnay $44
The Chardonnay stuns, with appeal for those who love the Napa style, as well as the Washington style. Fermented and aged 6 months in 39% new French oak, 54% once used, 7% neutral, the wood is well integrated giving hints of vanilla and toast, balanced by bright acidity. For those who prefer their Chardonnay light and crisp, there is no malolactic fermentation here, meaning there’s no butteriness, just a fresh citrus quality.
“Crushed rocks, white blossoms and lemon curd. A light touch of fresh nutmeg and light spices. Swirling brings a gorgeous floral and yellow tree fruit perfume. A hint of lightly caramelized sugar balances the more angular and effusive nature of this cool site. This pulses with energy and verve, with minerals and citrus complementing the more tropical fruit. The palate is vibrant, polished and crisp. Enough texture for early pleasure with structure to age gracefully.”
Really great with food or all by itself. Aryn made 320 cases of this beauty, and I’m able to offer 5 of them.
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Vineyard: La Reyna Blanca Vineyard
Grape: 100% Chardonnay – 46% Clone 76, 39% Clone 95, 15% Clone 96
Aging: Fermented and aged 6 months in 39% new French oak, 54% once used, 7% neutral
Drinkability: Now through 2016
Food Pairings: Crab and corn bisque, seared scallops, risotto
Production: 320 cases
Availability: 5 cases
Alleromb 2010 Scarline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon $88
The Cabernet is my favorite of the line up, from this release and the previous one. It’s everything I want in a full bodied Cab, with smooth refined tannins, wonderful purity of fruit, and great structure. Aged a solid 24 months in 100% new French oak, it doesn’t come off overly oaked, yet the palate has serious stuffing. With lots of blackberries, hints of anise and black pepper, I’m really excited to see how this one will develop as it ages.
“Red bramble fruit, red currants, violets, licorice and spice. Stunning purity and focus and with a little air shows more supple red and black currants mixed with fresh bing cherries. Swirling releases torrents of spice, currants, dried strawberry and plum skin. The palate is fresh and taut with ripe and concentrated fruit, sweet tannin and framework to age for decades. A cool vintage and a high elevation site make for a tightly bound and impressively pure Cabernet.”
Aryn made a mere 105 cases of the Cab, and I’m really excited to be able to offer 4 of those cases.
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Vineyard: Scarline Vineyard
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 51.4% Clone 2 / 48.6% Clone 6
Aging: Fermented and aged 24 months in 100% new French oak, 100% Allain Fouquet 500 Liter puncheons
Drinkability: Now through 2024
Food Pairings: Fillet Mignon, Tenderloin, grilled vegetables
Production: 105 cases
Availability: 4 cases