SAGEMOOR AND WEINBAU VINEYARDS
Located to the North of Pasco Washington as the Columbia River flows North to South, Sagemoor is among the older planting in the sate with very mature vines that produce fruit of tremendous flavor and dimension. Originally planted for larger scale machine harvesting production, Sagemoor underwent a critical shift in the 90's whereby farming practices were altered to cater to the creation of premium and ultra-premium wines. Now it is simply one of the finest sources for mature fruit in the state.
Planted in 1988 Dionysus Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is really as good as it gets for old vine Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State. We worked with this fruit for three years before releasing it as a standalone wine as part of the AERIALS Series, dialing in our approach. All along the fruit was top-notch. Each vineyard and each block - even different sites of the same clone - are wildly unique. This is Terroir. This being the case it takes a lot of time and many trials and iterations to make the best wine possible from each individual site.
Weinbau Vineyard is the sister-site to Sagemoor, owned and managed by Sagemoor Farms, located approximately 60 miles to Northwest within the increasingly famous Wahluke Slope AVA. The attention to detail here is tremendous all thanks to Vineyard Manager Miguel Rodriguez and his wife. Together the pair and their team know every plant in every row of the vineyard. While most of the vineyard was planted in the '90s, though some blocks are much younger. Two of the most fascinating wines we produce at Revelry are grown in Syrah Blocks 18 & 19, fifteen feet from one another, in the same conditions, under the same care, yet they are completely different due to clonal selection. Working amongst these different sites taught us the importance of Terroir. Developing these two Syrahs taught us the significance of clonal selection.
Much of Weinbau is part of a contiguous section divided into quadrants, with yet other outlying blocks interspersed amongst the surrounding orchards of neighboring farms. In the upper right quadrant of the aerial shot above two blocks are then divided by a short median. These are Block 18 and Block 19, both Syrah.