After a bottling run on a chilly October day, I was handed a glass with white wine from a tank and asked to identify it. That lovely fruity nose, crisp and acidic ferment on the tongue could only be Riesling as it percolated in the tank. Wine maker Jason Fox, my mentor during all 2013 off-campus crush activities, had shared one of his babies.
Last Month, Lagana Cellars bottled their 2013 whites, including the now off-dry (0.78RS) Riesling, just in time for Taste Washington in Seattle. Today I picked up my case of Riesling! I should have gotten some Sauv Blanc, but my wine fridge is hardly going to accommodate the Riesling at the moment. So much wine, so little space/time… sigh.
Jason went through the WWCC program I am currently attending – he graduated the June prior to my August beginning. During our orientation he came in to let it be known he would be needing help during crush. Two weeks later, with a bit of experience from the College Cellars crush pad I ventured out to help and just kept at it. I am looking forward to the 2014 internship experience I will have working with him again.
Walla Walla is primarily a red wine region, but Lagana Cellars will focus more on white wines, with some reds. In barrel now are Pinot Noir and Syrah from 2013. Jason has already been in contact with several vineyards in anticipation of 2014’s harvest.
Congratulations on a fantastic first release and best wishes for continued success with Lagana Cellars!