Bidding a fond farewell to Washington Wine Month, we bring you a feature on a new Washington winery. Founded earlier this year in Prosser, Washington, Wit Cellars (standing for ‘We’re In Together’) has impressed with their new releases. They have relied on longtime winemaking talents for their wines. Winemaker Flint Nelson and Cat Warwick have crafted some excellent new releases, that range from Rose to Cabernet. Flint Nelson has previously served as winemaker at Hogue Cellars and Columbia Winery. From 2000-2004 Flint made wines at Apex Cellars, under Brian Carter. From 2004-2015 Flint was the head winemaker at Kestrel Vintners. Cat Warwick also has a wealth of winemaking experience and served under Flint at Kestrel for three years before coming to Wit Cellars.
Their tasting room is located near Alexandria Nicole in Prosser and I recently had the chance to stop by and sample their new release wines. There is a lot to like with their 2013 Wit Cellars Red Wine (WWB, 90) which shows nice bright fruit flavors and nice balance. I also really enjoyed their 2013 Wit Cellars l’armonia (WWB, 90) which was a blend sourced from the esteemed Northridge Vineyard and showed nice richness and intensity of this warm vintage. Learn more about Wit Cellars at http://witcellars.com/# Here are the new release wines from Wit Cellars.
2015 Wit Cellars Rose- This lovely summer wine starts with aromatics of red cherry, rose petals and red raspberry. There are light flavors of bubblegum, red cherry and guava to this fruity wine. Drink 2016-2020- 88
2015 Wit Cellars Pinot Gris- This bright Pinot Gris wine starts with aromatics of pear, gooseberry and cantaloupe. This leads to flavors of red delicious apple, and cantaloupe. This shows nice poise. Drink 2016-2020- 89
2014 Wit Cellars Chardonnay- The wine opens with aromatics of Bartlett pear, toasted hazelnuts and Pink Lady Apple. This leads to flavors of vanilla cream, brioche, Gala apple and a bright minerality. Drink 2016-2023- 89
2014 Wit Cellars Riesling- This wine begins with aromatics of bright pear, Gala apple and hints of petroleum. There are flavors of Pazzaz apple, key lime pie and white peach. Drink 2016-2020- 87
2013 Mazzacano Cellars ‘Sotto Vocce’ Red Wine- This wine opens with aromatics of red cherry, prune, smoke and white pepper with rose petals. There are flavors of Ross petals, red cherry, pomegranate and red raspberry. Drink 2016-2020- 89
2013 Wit Cellars Red Wine- This wine is a blend of 61% Malbec, 21% Petit Verdot, and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. This delicious red blend begins with aromatics of mocha, blackberry jam and hints of creosote. There are flavors of blackberry jam, black olive, black cherry and red bell pepper. Drink 2016-2023- 90
2013 Wit Cellars Cabernet- This begins with aromatics of red bell pepper, anise, green olive and blackberry. The wine has rich flavors of blackberry cobbler, green bell pepper, anise and black olive. The balance is there with the ripe fruit flavors. Drink 2016-2023- 90
2013 Mazzacano 'L'armonia' Red Wine- Sourced from the Northridge Vineyard, this wine opens with aromatics of wild blackberry, anise, black cherry and black olive. There are rich flavors of black olive, anise, creme de cassis and milk chocolate. This shows lovely rich fruit and nice range of flavor and aromatic profiles. Drink 2016-2023- 90