Chatter Creek

New York Times says:
"...another wine that impressed us with its character. Our No.2 bottle, a 2002 Chatter Creek from Lonesome Spring Ranch in the Yakima Valley, also showed clear Rhonelike aromas and flavors. It was medium-bodied and balanced, subtle, at least, if not compelling."



Lonesome Spring Ranch

From the winery :
"Lonesome Spring Ranch Vineyard is a newer vineyard in the lower Yakima Valley, near Benton City. The vineyard soils are mostly broken basalt and caliche covered with dust. The site is warmer and harvest is earlier than most in the Yakima Valley. The fruit qualities from Lonesome Spring are quite dark and rich, without being over-ripe or highalcohol."



BUTY Winery - Walla Walla Valley

"We are grateful that this forward thinking Yakima Valley vineyard provides us with aromatic muscadelle. It perfectly rounds out the florals in our white blend."

www.butywinery.com



Chatter Creek Shiraz/Syrah 2005

From Enobytes.org :
"The 2005 Chatter Creek Syrah, Lonesome Spring Ranch is a vivacious medium-bodied wine with floral aromas; the palate shows attractive cherry and blackberry notes; polished medium-long finish; refined tannins."


Lonesome Spring Ranch, Columbia Valley

2001 Viognier :
"This somewhat obscure but lovely white Rhone varietal is from the exceptional Lonesome Spring Ranch vineyard in Benton City, Washington, owned by Colin and Ann Morrell. Colin is one of the best grapegrowers in WA and I am happy to be working with him on these wines. This Viognier planting is only 0.8 acre and so production is extremely limited. This wine was barrel fermented in neutral barrels to highlight the fruit character of peaches and flowers while still adding the rich textural elements gained from barrel fermentation. No malolactic fermentation was allowed and the wine was bottled in late winter."
"The fruit is wonderfully aromatic showing notes of peaches, papaya, mango and summer flowers. The wine is dry yet very rich in texture and showing concentrated flavors that match the nose. The finish is ripe and lingering."

- Gold Medal Winner - McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
- Silver Medal Winner - Northwest Wine Summit