The Wines

The Wines

100% single varietal wines from the finest vineyards in Washington

Tenor Merlot

"A dense but elegant wine with notes of red raspberry and racy strawberry. Swirling brings up red currant, cedar, sandalwood, with a savory and woody undertone. Deeper plum arises after some time in glass but remains balanced by the ripeness and acidity."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Merlot is the most misunderstood of the Bordeaux varietals. The 2008 vintage allowed us the opportunity to produce a more approachable style of Merlot, softer up front without losing any of its structure for longevity. A wine to age—not just gracefully, but extraordinarily.

"Ripe and opulent with bramble fruit, raspberries, blackberries and boysenberry. Swirling adds smoke, spice and vanilla bean, reminiscent of a berry compote panna cotta. The palate is thick, forward and opulently textured. Fine tannins and squeezed berries carry the finish." - Aryn Morell, Winemaker

We’re not making Merlot for the faint of heart. Merlot is one of the world’s greatest red varietals. It can be big, supple and complex, but coaxing all those notes out of the grape is a challenge, which is why it’s often maligned or misunderstood as a soft, generic red. We want to showcase a wholly different side of Merlot. We want to show that even a 100% Merlot can be as big, as textured and as exciting to drink as a Cabernet and bring its own unique voice to the table. Merlot loves Washington’s climate. The unique sites and growing season enable us to bring out a little bit of everything that great Merlot is known for. We get enough heat and exposure to develop great ripeness and freshness, but our long season, cool nights and large diurnal shifts enable us to build great concentration and flavor intensity as well. We think of it as big and rich meets lean and racy. Tenor Merlot is full throttle and exciting, but still balanced and elegant.

We’re not making Merlot for the faint of heart. Merlot is one of the world’s greatest red varietals. It can be big, supple and complex, but coaxing all those notes out of the grape is a challenge, which is why it’s often maligned or misunderstood as a soft, generic red. We want to showcase a wholly different side of Merlot. We want to show that even a 100% Merlot can be as big, as textured and as exciting to drink as a Cabernet and bring its own unique voice to the table. Merlot loves Washington’s climate. The unique sites and growing season enable us to bring out a little bit of everything that great Merlot is known for. We get enough heat and exposure to develop great ripeness and freshness, but our long season, cool nights and large diurnal shifts enable us to build great concentration and flavor intensity as well. We think of it as big and rich meets lean and racy. Tenor Merlot is full throttle and exciting, but still balanced and elegant.

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Tenor Syrah

"A beautiful balance of a gamey texture vs. bright red fruits makes for an aromatic and showy Syrah. Smoke, meat, citrus rind, and clove on the nose. It's a fleshy wine toned down by the strong minerality."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Notes of dark plums, black cherry, cured meat & a hint of clove. A soft and fragrant pepper is there but is buried in the fruit right now. A touch of saline & a floral push add to the complexity. The palate is massive and concentrated." -Aryn Morell, Winemaker

“Flashy black fruit around baking spice. a hint of tobacco leaf and beef carpaccio. Massive amounts of plum skin, blackberry, black cherry and cassis. Swirled it gets more savory, adding saline and an almost umami type quality to the fruit. Black pepper, berry compote, cured meat and a jammy sweetness make this a wildly complex nose." Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Plum sauce, smoke, bacon fat and garrigue. Otherworldly complex with black fruit, baking spices, smoked meat and wood resin. The mouthfeel is rich and vibrant with squeezed berries, wood spice, minerals and smoked meat. This wine will be stunning for the next decade."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Sweet smoke, perfectly ripe black currants, plum skin, black tea, and spice. This vintage is all about polish and precision with every note and detail in its perfect place. This is pure and polished with black fruit, tea spice and potpourri and a beautiful lifting finish." - Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Ripe and polished with notes of blackberry, plums and spice. A hint of bacon fat and gorgeous floral note weave through, giving it life and vibrancy. Swirling brings up darker yet sweeter fruits and a whiff of cocoa powder. The palate is round, with terrific texture and freshness, balanced by rich fruit and silky tannins that keep lingering for minutes.

Syrah loves to grow in Washington State, and we wanted to create a Syrah that showcases the best characteristics of what has become one of Washington’s signature grapes. We’ve worked hard to find that profile that gives people the essence of everything they love to taste in a Washington Syrah, all in one bottle. Tenor Syrah is a Syrah-lover’s Syrah in that it is a balanced and complete expression of everything that varietal can be: seductive and opulent, but still remarkably fresh and nuanced. This is a Tenor wine, so it’s big on texture and un-apologetically fruit forward, but tempered by well-integrated acidity and ultrafine tannins.

Syrah loves to grow in Washington State, and we wanted to create a Syrah that showcases the best characteristics of what has become one of Washington’s signature grapes. We’ve worked hard to find that profile that gives people the essence of everything they love to taste in a Washington Syrah, all in one bottle. Tenor Syrah is a Syrah-lover’s Syrah in that it is a balanced and complete expression of everything that varietal can be: seductive and opulent, but still remarkably fresh and nuanced. This is a Tenor wine, so it’s big on texture and un-apologetically fruit forward, but tempered by well-integrated acidity and ultrafine tannins.

Tenor Malbec

"An approachable, youthful vibrance with a strong texture up front. Elegant and fine tannins balance out the thick and powerful finish. "- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"The palate is opulent and creamy with superfine tannins and an incredibly long finish. The balance is immaculate with every transition in perfect harmony."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Decadent nose of currants, plum sauce and spring flowers mixed with black tea. Air adds blackberries, currants and plum jam with a wild hibiscus concentrate. A touch of savory herbs and fresh black olive add mouthwatering complexity. The palate is fresh and dense with great acid and firm but sweet tannins." - Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Hibiscus tea, blackberry and white tea dominate this floral beauty. Spring flowers, juicy black fruit and spice come up with air while the palate is round, fresh and light on its feet. Blackberries, tea and spice flow seamlessly with superfine tannins all through the finish."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Coming June 2017... Tenor Malbec is true both to the brand and the grape. Like all Tenor wines, it is richly textured, fruit forward, and unabashedly opulent. But true to the varietal, it is fresh, beautifully perfumed and supremely silky. It’s a complete Malbec in that both the nose and mouth feel are intense and fully developed.

Tenor Malbec is characterized by racy freshness, and one of the most flamboyant aromatic profiles in the Tenor portfolio. Expect captivating notes of floral perfume and fresh raspberry and blackberry—straight off the vine, and acidity you can almost smell. Round that out with remarkably silky tannins and light sweetness and great length.

Tenor Malbec is true both to the brand and the grape. Like all Tenor wines, it is richly textured, fruit forward, and unabash- edly opulent. But true to the varietal, it is fresh, beautifully perfumed and supremely silky. If you love malbec, you’ll love the way Tenor malbec accentuates the notes that define this varietal, and even if you don’t drink a lot of

Tenor Cabernet Sauvignon

"A refined but powerful wine the 2008 Tenor Cab has hints of black cherry, currants, cassis, and vanilla. Swirling brings up mocha with bitter sweet chocolate tones. There's weight on the palette from the rich tannins but it's lifted up at the end from the fresh acidity. " -Aryn Morell

With its well known potential for rich, dark-fruited aromatics and powerful palate presence, Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that allows a tremendous amount of stylistic influence. Our Cabernet is an almost perfect blend of both the ripe and more forward styles of Cab and the fresher, more structured wines of the Old World.

"Gorgeous sweet smoke, spice and cassis mixed with a plum and blueberry puree. Lightly roasted coffee and cocoa powder add to the nose with some air. The mouthfeel is absolutely stunning, with opulent textures, never ending fruit and flawless tannins. This is a purists Cabernet and it certainly will not disappoint."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Ripe and fresh with blackberry, plum skin, lightly roasted coffee and a dusting of cocoa powder. Swirling adds a heady mixture of macerated red berries, bramble and a nice combination of dark baking spices. This is polished, with nice volume and flesh. Firm tannins help keep the fruit in balance making this mouthwatering Cabernet utterly drinkable.

Aromatics of muddled raspberry, plum skin, vanilla bean and spice. A wave of blackberry, black currants and black tea adds complexity. Swirling brings up a sweetness to the fruits while adding a dried strawberry note and a vibrant energy. The palate is bright and beautifully structured with remarkable acidity balancing the ripe black fruits.

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Tenor Chardonnay

"The nose starts with honey, peach pit, a light toastiness, white nut oil and a citrus cream. Swirling brings un-buttered popcorn and a caramel sweetness mixed with citrus and spice. The palate has a creamy beginning giving way to citrus rind & a structured finish. This is angular without aggression, and rich without being decadent."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Lemon curd with citrus zest, crème brulee, spice, quinine, rocks & chalk. Tightly wound around a core of peach pit & barrel spice. The palate is filled with light toast & baking spices and lime zest. Minerals & structure underpinning peach and pear, with green notes of quince & key lime. Shows the more angular, bracing side of Chardonnay grown on basalt.

" Explosive lemon curd, crème brulee, citrus zest and white flowers. Swirling brings up peaches and other stone fruits and a light touch of complex baking spices. The palate is expansive, with great detail and fresh notes of citrus, graham cracker spice and lightly toasted marshmallow."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

"Melons, crystallized lemon peel, a whiff of brioche and a stony minerality. Swirling releases white peach, citrus rind, honeysuckle and a saline character. The palate is polished and intensely fresh with citrus, spice and fresh lemongrass and chives. "- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

The Tenor Chardonnay is a hybrid of classical and new world thinking, designed to take advantage of the strengths of Washington’s climate and geography. Tenor Chardonnay is classically recognizable as Chardonnay, especially in the aromatic profile, but also recognizable as a Tenor wine, in that it’s not afraid to go beyond common conventions for the grape. Grapes grown in this state are capable of remarkable freshness, as well as depth of flavor, and our goal is to create a pure and balanced expression of this grape as a stand-alone varietal. Like all Tenor wines, the chardonnay is big and opulent, intense and fruit forward, but it also shows great restraint. We’ve toned down the oak influence and upped the acidity to deliver a wine that is fresher, more angular and precise, and less soft or heavy on the palate.

Tenor Chardonnay brings the best of new and old-world winemaking, in order to take advantage of the strengths of Washington’s climate and geography. Our goal is to create a pure and balanced expression of chardonnay as a stand-alone varietal. Like all Tenor wines, this wine is big and opulent, intense and fruit forward, but the oak is well integrated and the acidity delivers freshness and brightness on the palate. Barrel fermenting enables this wine to age gracefully, gaining layers of complexity through 4 to 8 years and possibly longer.

Tenor Chardonnay brings the best of new and old-world winemaking, in order to take advantage of the strengths of Washington’s climate and geography. Our goal is to create a pure and balanced expression of chardonnay as a stand-alone varietal. Like all Tenor wines, this wine is big and opulent, intense and fruit forward, but the oak is well integrated and the acidity delivers freshness and brightness on the palate. Barrel fermenting enables this wine to age gracefully, gaining layers of complexity through 4 to 8 years and possibly longer.

Tenor Sauvignon Blanc

Toasty spices leap up from the glass along with kiwi, guava, pineapple, white grapefruit, beeswax, and high-toned herbal notes. The palate is silky, rich, and textured, laced with citrus and tropic fruit flavors accented by vibrant acidity. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Stillwater Creek. Aged 7 months in 100% new French oak. 14.6% alcohol

Ripe melon, citrus and peaches mixed with exotic spices and white flowers. White currants and grapefruit arrive with swirling, combined with enormous richness and an intriguing light toast. Grapefruit, kiwi and guava combine on the palate of this decadently textured wine. A warm vintage creates a full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

Ripe melon, citrus and peaches mixed with exotic spices and white flowers. White currants and grapefruit arrive with swirling, combined with enormous richness and an intriguing light toast. Grapefruit, kiwi and guava combine on the palate of this decadently textured wine. A warm vintage creates a full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc."- Aryn Morell, Winemaker

With the Tenor Sauvignon Blanc, we set out to create a wildly different white wine. Something that would be a little out there, very intriguing, but still remarkably approachable. To accomplish this, we pushed many of our processes and techniques to an extreme. It’s not unheard of to create a 100% Sauvignon Blanc, or to barrel ferment it, or to do it in 100% new oak, or even to macerate the grapes. But to do all of those things, and to let the maceration continue for 24-48hrs (much longer than traditionally done) results in a truly unique wine, with the intensity and depth of character of typical Tenor wines. It also enables us to deliver a sauvignon blanc that is able to age for 10 years and still maintain its structure and freshness.

It isn’t unusual to create a 100% Sauvignon Blanc, or to barrel ferment it, or to do it in high percentages of new oak, or even to macerate the grapes. However, doing all of these things and letting the maceration continue for 24-48 hours (much longer than traditionally done) results in a truly unique wine that dis- plays the intensity and depth of character for which Tenor has become known. It also enables us to deliver a Sauvignon Blanc that will age for 6-10 years and still maintain its structure and freshness.

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