Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Planted Vineyard Acres: 160 acres
Year Planted: 2009 Our newest vineyard, these estate-grown grapes are grown primarily for Waterbrook, Walla Walla’s fourth founding winery. Originally homesteaded by Uriah Corkrum in the Spring Valley, sprigs of wheat still perk up from the ground at will. Vineyards have reigned here since the mid 1990s, but the wheat still reminds us it was there first.
Terroir: Critics such as Paul Gregutt have written that the area’s wines share and display terroir-driven flavors distinct from those elsewhere in Walla Walla. He writes in in his book, Washington Wines & Wineries, “Intense, almost syrupy berry flavors are augmented by streaks of sweet herb, grass, leaf and bark—grace notes, if you will, that characterize this unique site.” Others add that fresh-cut wheat and hay notes are laced throughout the Spring Valley area’s wines.
Topography: A southern exposure, with both east and western ridge draws, maximizes sunlight for optimal warmth. In deeper ridges dry-land wheat still grows, which in summer, creates a bright flaxen reflection that generates heat for vine ripening.
Soil: The vineyard enjoys 300-foot-deep silt loam with remarkably little sand in its composure; a sticky, wet texture holds moisture exceptionally well. When paired with the diurnal shift--hot days and long, cool nights, which capture great acids and sugars—the result is concentrated and well-pronounced flavor.
Planted Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
Interesting Fact: The vineyard is a long-term lease from the Derby family; it neighbors their lauded Spring Valley Vineyard. 2012 marks Precept Wine’s first harvest.