When you face a day that seems to require double the 24 hours allotted just to get through what needs to be done a little good news goes a long way; Friday was such a day.
Two wineries, at opposite ends of Walla Walla, requiring action for fruit that was already in or coming in. I was taking care of Locati Cellars punch downs, all of the Sangiovese that had come in on Tuesday then driving across town to help him press Syrah and crush Pinot Noir in between. The punching down of the sixteen bins took a while, the drive each way took a while and I ended up being very little help for Lagana Cellars that day. Later in the afternoon, when I was stomping a bin of whole cluster Pinot Noir grapes, Jason was made aware of the November 2014 edition of Wine Enthusiast’s Best Buy section for Washington Whites containing both his 2013 Sagemoor Riesling (page 192) and 2013 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc (page 193)!
Lagana Cellars has been in business for about 18 months; 2013 was his first vintage. The two 2013 red wines he has are still in barrel; the only two wines he has bottled are on this list! Jason graduated from the WWCC EV; program that I am presently working on. During his time at College Cellars he helped make award-winning wines; looks like the lessons were learned well. Congratulations, Jason and best wishes for many more accolades to come!