Patit Creek Cellars, the winery in Walla Walla

We walked by the Spokane Patit Creek Cellars tasting room many times because I wanted to first go to the Winery tasting room in Walla Walla, very close to the airport.  The next time we go to Spokane, we can spend time in that tasting room!  And with the cheese pairings readily available there, we will definitely make the stop this time.  We were able to taste some of the cheeses during our visit in Walla Walla that are typically available in Spokane.  There is a tasting room in Woodinville too.

Opened in 1999 in Dayton, present owner Ed Dudley purchased Patit Creek in 2007.  This is now quite a ‘family style’ business with son Ed on board for distribution. Director of hospitality and sales, Sonya Morrison and her mother as well as couple Cody Crum and Rachel Mace-Crum in Spokane maintain the extended family welcome.

Joe Forest, winemaker for Patit Creek; graduate of the WWCC EV program.
Joe Forest, winemaker for Patit Creek; graduate of the WWCC EV program.

Next door to Tempus Cellars (I just wrote about them here), the two wineries share winemaker Joe Forest and production facilities located within Patit Creek’s building.  We tasted similarities between the Tempus Cellars wines and those of Patit Creek; food friendly, very approachable wines, both red and white.

Patit Creek's 2012 Roux and The 14th, both Bourdeaux-style red blends - slight differences in nose and taste. Both delightful.
Patit Creek’s 2012 Roux and The 14th, both Bourdeaux-style red blends – slight differences in nose and taste. Both delightful.

The wines:

  • 2014 Ramos Riesling – Snipes Mountain AVA 11.9% ABV 0.89 RS, honeysuckle on the nose with crisp acidity supported by the bit of residual sugar
  • 2014 Rose’ of Syrah – Walla Walla AVA 14.1% ABV, rhubarb and strawberry jam finishing with orange blossoms and a slight pucker of acidity
  • 2013 Chardonnay – Ancient Lakes AVA 14.1% ABV finished with 50% new oak and secondary fermentation of malolactic to dry bring out pineapple and mineral aromas with butterscotch and nutmeg on the palate to a smooth, spicy finish
  • 2012 The Creek – signature red blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo and Grenache 14.7% ABV, black and blue berry, ripe black plums, old leather and baking spices through the lingering finish
  • 2012 Trinite’ – 42% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre 14.4% ABV, are a traditional Rhone-style blend with incense and dark fruit
  • 2012 Merlot – Walla Walla AVA (66.6% Seven Hills Vineyard, 33.3 Pepper Bridge Vineyard) 14.7% ABV, black cherry, dark chocolate and carnations
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Walla Walla AVA 14.4% ABV, bell pepper aromas stopped me in my tracks, my partner in wine found this to be a lovely herbal and dark fruit wine (happy he could appreciate it where I couldn’t)
  • 2012 Roux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc Bordeaux-style red blend 14.9% ABV Cassis, blackberry and licorice
  • 2012 ‘The 14th’ – barrel select Bordeaux for wine club only – 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot and 11% Cabernet Franc 14.2% ABV, also dark berries and spice.

Just a few more weeks of school and we can road trip more often.  We will make time to visit each of the other tasting rooms in Woodinville and Spokane as we travel.  Look for the Patit Creek wines as they are distributed across the country.  As always, let me know what you find.

Cheers!

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