Great Wine Comes From Great Fruit

It is a foundational principle for Prospice that great wine can be made only by starting with exceptional fruit.  We are uncompromising in choosing our vineyard sources, selecting sites and growers that we are confident will consistently provide top-quality grapes.  We work with vineyards in multiple AVAs, seeking to represent the unique qualities of place and climate in the wines we produce from each of these vineyards.

 

 

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LES COLLINES VINEYARD

We consider Les Collines Vineyard to be one of the preeminent Syrah vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, and among the very best vineyards in Washington.  The gently sloping, higher elevation terrain at the base of the Blue Mountains provides for warmer low temperatures and cooler high temperatures than valley-bottom sites — vines can start growing earlier in the spring and also avoid some of the worst of the heat stress from Walla Walla’s common triple-digit summer temperatures.  Deep, fertile loess soils and ample spring precipitation allow for lower overall irrigation requirements most years.   We particularly appreciate the Les Collines crew’s commitment to sustainable farming practices as exemplified by their LIVE and Salmon-Safe certifications.

Syrah and Viognier from Les Collines were cofermented for our vineyard-designate Les Collines Vineyard Syrah in 2017 and 2018, and we are excited for future harvests of Rhône white varietals that are being planted in 2019.

 

 

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RESURGENT VINEYARD

Resurgent Vineyard is uniquely sited on the 1/4 mile wide valley bottom of the South Fork of the Walla Walla River.  (For those of you who know the area, you’d drive right past Resurgent on your way to Harris Park.)  Bracketed by steep slopes rising more than 800 feet on either side, the vineyard is full of cobblestones weathered by eons of river flows and fractured basalt that has sloughed off the surrounding hillsides.  The soil composition closely resembles that found in the Rocks District of Milton Freewater, but Resurgent sits almost 600 feet higher in elevation than most of the vineyard sites in the “Rocks.”  This brings summer evening breezes as cooler air rushing out of the Blues channels through the valley every night.   The myriad of unique features found in this vineyard combine to present a very distinct terroir that we are excited to explore for many years to come.  We sourced Syrah from Resurgent in 2017 and 2018, and added Cabernet Franc from a young block in 2018 that will likely feature in a future Wine Club–exclusive wine.

 

 

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GAMACHE VINEYARD

Gamache Vineyard sits on a high bluff near Basin City, WA.  After consulting with Dr. Walter Clore about this site, brothers Bob and Roger Gamache began planting wine grapes here in 1982.  The vineyard is now owned and farmed by the Sagemoor Vineyards. Gamache’s relatively cool microclimate means long hang times and gradual ripening with excellent acid retention, making it an ideal spot from which to source our Viognier.   Even with later harvest dates, we are able to pick ideal fruit to produce our desired style of Viognier:  bright, fresh, and acid-driven.

 

 

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SEVEN HILLS VINEYARD

A cornerstone of viticulture in the Walla Walla Valley, Seven Hills Vineyard was first planted in 1980, and has expanded in multiple phases to cover more than 200 acres.  The gently sloping hillside location provides excellent water and air drainage, and the vines are sustainably farmed (LIVE, Salmon-Safe, and IOBC-certified).  General Manager Sadie Drury and her team meticulously tend the vineyard, always attentive to the latest viticultural research and techniques.  We have sourced Cabernet Sauvignon from multiple blocks of Seven Hills Vineyard, and are adding Merlot in the 2019 vintage.