Continuing on another great Washington Wine Month, we bring you another Walla Walla winery, Tertulia Cellars. Founded in 2005 Tertulia Cellars is surrounded by their estate Whistling Hills Vineyard, set in the foreground of the Blue Mountains. In 2008 Tertulia Cellars completed their winery. Tertulia makes some intriguing wines including a very good Carmenere. They have three tasting rooms located in Woodinville, the Willamette Valley, and at their Walla Walla winery.
Head winemaker, Ryan Raber has crafted some good new releases. The 2014 Tertulia Cellars Syrah (WWB, 90) has a really good mouthfeel and rich flavors. This balanced effort is best enjoyed in the short-term. Even better was the 2013 Tertulia Cellars ‘The Great Schism Reserve’ Red Wine (WWB, 91) showing wonderful aromatic range at the moment. Learn more about this Walla Walla winery at http://www.tertuliacellars.com/ Here are the new wines by Tertulia Cellars.
2014 Tertulia Cellars Syrah- Sourced from the Whistling Hills Vineyard, this starts off with aromas of milk chocolate with baking spices and dark cherry. This has as nice mouthfeel as the wine shows off dark and red fruit flavors with baking spices. Drink 2018-2025- 90
2015 Tertulia Cellars Cabernet Franc- The 2015 Tertulia Cellars Cabernet Franc is sourced from the Elevation Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. There is a nice herbal nose with rose petals and sage. On the lighter side, the wine shows a nice combination of red and dark fruits with good balance. Drink 2018-2025- 89
2014 Tertulia Cellars Carmenere- The 2014 Carmenere by Tertulia Cellars is sourced from the Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Smoky aromatics with baking spices mark this elegant wine that shows some good poise midway through. Medium bodied, the wine shows off a nice combination of dark and red fruits. Drink 2018-2025- 89
2014 Tertulia Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon- Sourced from the Tertulia Cellars Estate Vineyard, the wine begins with espresso bean, dark cherry and loganberry preserve aromatics. There are medium bodied dark fruit flavors that connect with good tension. Drink 2018-2025- 89
2015 Tertulia Cellars ‘Tierra Labrada’ Merlot- Slightly reticent on the nose, the wine begins with dark fruits with some chocolate accents. There is nice balance but not a ton of fruit through the middle, as this may need some time to better amalgamate. Drink 2018-2024- 88
2013 Tertulia Cellars ‘The Great Schism Reserve’ Red Wine- The ‘Great Schism’ is a blend of largely Grenache and Syrah from the Riviere Galets Estate Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Smoked pork shoulder and rose petals with red cherry preserves dominate the sexy nose. This wine has a really nice sense of place with red cherry, cran-pomegranate, smoked brisket and a touch of blood orange rind flavors towards the back end. This is seriously tasty wine, with good range and poise. Drink 2018-2028- 91