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Back and forth we go to Eastern Washington checking in with the grapes and the fantastic grape growers. Most of the population might not be there, but all the grapes hang out there, basking in the sun. When harvest does come around we stick to an old cliché “You can make bad wine with good grapes, but you can’t make good wine with bad grapes.” Currently we are blessed to be using some of Washington’s top vineyards: Boushey, Aldercreek, Champoux, Meek, Klipsun, Lewis, Dineen, and Wallula (The Benches) Vineyards.
We started making Washington garage wines in 2004 based off this crazy notion that we could make Washington wine a little differently. In 2007 we moved to our own location and began to grow, not only in production but in quality. We’ve leveled off at or around 1500-1800 cases a year–depending on the vintage. Now in 2014, Scarborough Winery has entered a new chapter. A real, beautiful tasting room and winery just 10 minutes south of Seattle, on legendary 1st Ave South!
Travis Scarborough, Winemaker, grew up in the Napa Valley and worked at a few different wineries before moving up to Washington in 2002. His style is rather simple: “Maintain concentration while avoiding over-ripeness, and focus on the vineyard instead of what can be done in the cellar. Once in my hands, practice ‘barrel integrity’ and precise blending techniques, the wine can maintain a consistency throughout each vintage.” For the love of wine, we hope you enjoy!
What does the Wine Advocate say:
Run and managed by Travis Scarborough, this estate produces just over 1,500 cases annually (not including their second label) and while initially focusing primarily Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, now includes a number of Rhone and other Bordeaux varieties in the portfolio. Their The Rebel lineup is the second label of the estate and gets anything that doesn’t make the cut for their upper releases. They are reasonably priced given the quality.
But what about the local Washington expert:
Review of Washington Wines
2012 Scarborough “The Immortal” Syrah, Yakima Valley, Lewis Vineyard ($35)
This is a bold rendition of Lewis Syrah. It exhibits a semi opaque crimson-ruby color and intense, pure varietal aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cassis, crushed black roses, sweet tobacco, lavender and violets. The black and blue fruit flavors are sumptuous, redolent of licorice, Swiss chocolate, French roast, and alluvial minerals and earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured, yet focused, with pressed berries, roasted nuts, crème de cassis and dried orange peel, followed by a lingering ripe tannin finish. 19/20 points
And that’s just one review. Won’t spoil the others!
Some photos to check out.